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Bundle up; 'Brutal cold' can be dangerous

Posted December 13, 2010
Updated December 14, 2010

— Tuesday in the Triangle will be "brutally cold," WRAL Chief Meteorologist Greg Fishel said.

A wind chill advisory is in effect between the hours of 4 and 9 a.m. Tuesday, when it will feel like 0 degrees, Fishel said.

"The cold is the story," he repeated.

Tuesday will likely be the coldest day of the week.

Current Temperatures, DMA Temperature Tracker

When temperatures drop into the freezing range, it can be dangerous to anyone who spends an extended period outside. For the homeless, it can even be deadly.

The Durham Rescue Mission spent Monday night combing the city's homeless camps, hoping to bring people to shelter

A spokesperson for the charity said it provides daily food and shelter for about 120 people on the streets of Durham, but when temperatures plummet, they'll take in 200 as part of Operation Warm Shelter.

Other charities also help people survive the brutal winter months. Warmth for Wake helps people pay their heating bills and Meals on Wheels delivers food to seniors.

To prevent hypothermia and frostbite, anyone who plans to spend extended time outdoors this week should follow these tips: dress in layers; remove wet clothing; drink warm fluids; avoid alcohol; and seek medical attention immediately if needed.

Temperatures will remain in the 30s for much of the week, but the chance for snow, originally forecast for Thursday, is shrinking.

"There is the threat of sleet or freezing rain, then it will all turn over into rain," Fishel said

WRAL Weather team WRAL WeatherCenter Forecast

The National Weather Service says cold temperatures and heavy snow are expected to bring dangerous travel conditions and power outages to western North Carolina this week.

The forecast calls for snow accumulations ranging from 3 to 10 inches.

The weather service says roads will be slick, and travel is discouraged except in emergency situations. Travelers should carry a flashlight, food and water in their cars.

Power lines are likely to be damaged by the combination of snow, cold temperatures and gusty winds.


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  • mountainboy92 Dec 15, 2010

    I HATE this Cold! I like to keep my thermostat set on 85 degrees year around at the house. I rarely use the AC in the summer but my heat has run non stop! Hurry and get here Summer 2011!!!!

  • Keepin_it_real_in_NC Dec 14, 2010

    I see Captain Obvious is writing headlines for WRAL.

  • streetcar Dec 14, 2010

    I hate cold weather, but I could tolerate it a little more if the wind would stop blowing!

  • bknyny1979 Dec 14, 2010

    I love this weather! Cant wait to go skiing and ice skating!! Burrrr~ im staying layered and fur is always helpful for this type of weather!!

  • driverkid3 Dec 13, 2010

    I have a small furbeast that stays inside all the time, and in the winter, I just throw some more pillows on the bed instead of cover. If I don't he will burrow under MY pillow, so he has his own and can burrow to his hearts content.

  • driverkid3 Dec 13, 2010

    rescuefan, I AM from here, and I love the cold. A person can put on enough clothes to stay warm, but can't take off enough in the heat to be decent. Thsi weather feels good to me.

  • rescuefan Dec 13, 2010

    I call this brutally cold, especially for this area of NC. Those that don't are most likely not from this area.

    Of course, you have the folks who can't do anything but complain about the way stories are posted on WRAL, yet they keep coming around to read them. Guess they don't think the reporting's all that shabby after all.

  • Keepin_it_real_in_NC Dec 13, 2010

    Right now, I am all for global warming.

  • mjones225 Dec 13, 2010

    I am so ready for summer!!

  • Big Mike Dec 13, 2010

    WRAL likes to get the folks riled up by using unnecessary how you increase the viewership and increase the sells!