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Strong winds help push arctic air into central NC

Posted January 2, 2014
Updated January 3, 2014

Arctic air from the north and west rushed into central and eastern North Carolina early Friday, setting up a frigid final day of the work week and delaying travel for thousands up and down the East Coast.

Rain associated with a passing cold front moved out of the area late Thursday night, and gusty northwesterly winds picked up overnight behind the system. 

Temperatures were in the mid-20s at 9 a.m., but wind chills were in the teens. Wind chills in some parts of central and western North Carolina were in the single digits.

"It is windy, and it is very cold. We don't see this sort of wind chill all that often," WRAL meteorologist Elizabeth Gardner said.

Highs Friday afternoon will top out near freezing, and winds will gust between 15 and 25 mph throughout much the day.

Winds downed power lines in several spots around the Triangle early Friday, knocking out power to some customers in Orange, Durham, Wake and Johnston counties. A home north of downtown Raleigh caught fire at about 6 a.m. because of a downed power line. No injuries were reported.

Several inches of snow that fell overnight in the Northeast was impacting travel in the Triangle, as about 20 flights from Raleigh-Durham International Airport were canceled early Friday. Several other flights were delayed, officials said. 

RDU spokesman Andrew Sawyer said about 30 percent of Friday morning's flights out of RDU were impacted.

Saturday morning will dawn clear and cold, as overnight lows dip into the teens. Daytime highs on the first day of the weekend will return to the low 40s. 

Another chance of rain will arrive Sunday as highs climb back into the 50s. 

The warm-up will be brief, however, as another blast of even colder air will move back in late Monday. Highs Tuesday may not reach 25 degrees, and overnight lows during the middle of next week will be between 10 and 15 degrees.

"Temperatures will moderate over the weekend a bit, but we'll see the coldest air of the season early next week," Gardner said. "We could be near record highs and lows on Tuesday and Wednesday."

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  • whatelseisnew Jan 3, 2014

    I blame Canada. They keep opening their windows and letting the cold air out.

  • DontVote4LiarsCheatsOrThieves Jan 3, 2014

    superflames - "The kids are hoping for snow. They want to go sledding and build snow forts and snowmen. They don't get to do that every year in these parts. If not this weekend then maybe another time soon."

    They need to visit where I was born. Erie, PA had a record 69" of snow last year and was officially named the snowiest city in the US of cities with a population of 100,000 or more.

    It ceases to be "fun" after the first day or two.

  • DontVote4LiarsCheatsOrThieves Jan 3, 2014

    Jimmytwotimes - "January is about our only chance and I'm sure its gonna be in the 70's after this cold snap."

    We've often had snow in February, and sometimes even in March, so don't lose hope yet. ;o)

    I'm from BIG snow country, and I'm enjoying this. Don't have to shovel sunshine.

  • DontVote4LiarsCheatsOrThieves Jan 3, 2014

    admin39 - "The cold wind proves global warming is not happening. The wind is blowing here from the north pole, and it's cold, not warm people. If the wind coming from the north pole was warm it would be concerning."

    ROFLOL LOL LOL

    Is that how you think it happens?

    GUFFAW

    By the same logic then, on warm days, someone else might say a warm wind coming from the north is proof global warming actually IS happening.

    HAR HAR HAR

  • DontVote4LiarsCheatsOrThieves Jan 3, 2014

    That wind was really something last night.

    Praying for those without good warm shelter.

  • Jimmytwotimes Jan 3, 2014

    as usual the cold air comes and its completely dry. the warm air comes back and it rains. Looks like no snow this year. January is about our only chance and I'm sure its gonna be in the 70's after this cold snap.

  • Jimmytwotimes Jan 3, 2014

    The cold wind proves global warming is not happening. The wind is blowing here from the north pole, and it's cold, not warm people. If the wind coming from the north pole was warm it would be concerning.
    admin39

    LOL, man you are smarter than everyone I guess with that scientific explination. You should call the scientist and tell them that.

  • UpChuck Jan 3, 2014

    "I don't think his comment was meant to be dirty, sanchez."

    Ha ha.....comment of the week.

  • admin39 Jan 3, 2014

    The cold wind proves global warming is not happening. The wind is blowing here from the north pole, and it's cold, not warm people. If the wind coming from the north pole was warm it would be concerning.

  • williamraleigh Jan 3, 2014

    Cold weather, Yikes! Excited!

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