Frigid air headed to NC after wet Thursday

Posted January 2, 2014

Mid-Atlantic Radar

— Brutally cold air is headed to central North Carolina on the final day of the work week, with temperatures nearly 20 degrees below normal for early January, according to WRAL meteorologist Elizabeth Gardner said. 

Before the arctic air arrives, however, the Triangle will have to deal with wet conditions across much of the area Thursday afternoon. 

"Rain has been to Raleigh's south and east for much of the first half of the day, but it will be moving north and west in the afternoon hours," Gardner said. 

Rain chances will increase to 70 percent in the Triangle by 2 p.m. and up to nearly 100 percent by 6 p.m. Temperatures were in the mid-40s at lunchtime and will likely top out around 50 degrees. 

"Our evening commute is going to be pretty messy," Gardner said. "Keep an eye on that throughout the afternoon as you prepare to head home."

The mountains of North Carolina could see several inches of snow during the afternoon and evening hours Thursday.

The rain will move out of the Triangle by 4 a.m. Friday and will be replaced with sunny skies and below-freezing temperatures. Raleigh will dip 19 degrees in six hours – from 41 degrees at 1 a.m. Friday to 22 degrees by 7 a.m.

"This is cold air, my friends," WRAL Chief Meteorologist Greg Fishel said. "You tack a 15 mph wind onto that, and it feels like it’s around 10 (degrees) when you head out Friday morning ... There’s no return on the investment here. We’re not getting any snow. This is terrible."

Highs Saturday and Sunday will climb into the low 40s to near 50 degrees, but another cold shot of arctic air will arrive in the Triangle next Tuesday. 

"(It) has the potential to be even colder than this one," Fishel said. "We could have an entire day in the 20s despite sun." 


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  • whatdidusay Jan 2, 2014

    It's Mother Nature. Deal with it. Everything these days has to be so dramatic.

  • wake1794 Jan 2, 2014

    We Southerners lived here prior to the air conditioner
    being invented for years and years. If we were hardy
    enough to survive summers without it, then we are a hardy
    enough people. The recent migration to the South occurred
    well after the invention of the air conditioner which if
    it were not in existence, would have many of those from
    colder climates thinking twice about moving to the Sunny South.

  • mafiamic Jan 2, 2014

    Coldest/windiest spot in the US on many occasions has been right here in NC. Look it up. NC mountain folk deal with it every winter. With wind chills, Monday night temps may hit -30. Yeah. With snow and up to 50 mph winds. Chicago, NY. pffft. Wimps up there.

    Yeah all mountains are like that even southern cal is like that.and "Up there",they will still have all the roads open and the malls and stores will remain open and not shut down.Look a few weeks ago with the eagles and lions blizzard game.Wimps????? no

  • TP4Real Jan 2, 2014

    Coldest/windiest spot in the US on many occasions has been right here in NC. Look it up. NC mountain folk deal with it every winter. With wind chills, Monday night temps may hit -30. Yeah. With snow and up to 50 mph winds. Chicago, NY. pffft. Wimps up there.

  • dnalls17 Jan 2, 2014

    This is my 4th winter here after moving from Cleveland in 2010. Yeah, so glad I'm not up there right now. It's getting pretty nasty up there. And "brutally cold" is not what I would call the windchill factor you're predicting. Try -30 and you have to wait outside for a bus that won't arrive for an hour because of blowing, drifting snow that is now up to your knees. The kiddies get to stay home, but adults still have to go to work. Yeah, that's why I left. But I do miss my friends and family. And someone mentioned the heat that northerners can't deal with? I have no problems with the heat down here.

  • mafiamic Jan 2, 2014

    Been in all kinds of weather,both living and working outside.I have learned not to like or dislike the weather but to tolerate it and no matter whether it's the weather or anything to Overcome and adapt to the situation.
    Be careful everyone,for those who may be in a warm house can be just as cold if the power lines freeze up and you are left in the cold.Be careful if you have to drive and be outside for the cold and ice is in fact worse then the snow.And if you have nowhere to go please go seek shelter somewhere,I know most don't like shelters but even if it a church or somewhere warm seek shelter.
    Be safe and comfortable everyone.

  • notexactly Jan 2, 2014


    welcome to our state! I don't blame you for moving here. And thank you for not complaining about how we do things here. This is the way we have lived for ever and we don't want to change how we do things. I wouldn't go to the north and complain about how they do stuff. Some people just don't have any respect, It sounds like you are not one of them.

  • notexactly Jan 2, 2014

    We are much more hardier than the people from the north when it comes to the heat though. I hate cold weather, that is why I live in the south. You know where all of the northerners are moving to. I like snow for about one day or so. That's about it. Born and raised here and love it. I can see why northerners move here, I mean I would if I was up there. please just don't complain about us or anything here when you do come. It makes you look really ignorant and uneducated. If I move from here it will be further south

  • fishon Jan 2, 2014

    As someone originally from snow country I would not mind seeing a little bit. However, the reason I live here and not the great white north is that extreme cold and lots of snow can provide a pretty miserable winter.

  • sinew1 Jan 2, 2014

    A little frigid maybe, not "brutally cold". It's winter and not a big deal unless your a domestic pet that's kept outdoors. Show some compassion for your pet during the cold spell.