62 NC counties and 2 VA counties are under alert, including Wake, Cumberland, Durham, Johnston, and Orange counties. Details
Published: 2014-01-24 05:36:00
Updated: 2014-01-24 09:10:36
Posted January 24, 2014
Raleigh, N.C. — Abundant sunshine is on tap for the final day of the work week, but it will do little to warm the arctic air that is in place over central North Carolina.
Temperatures were in the teens at 9 a.m. across much of the Triangle, and steady winds were keeping feel-like temperatures in the single digits. A wind chill advisory for much of the area ended at 9 a.m.
Temperatures will climb through the teens during the late morning before topping out in the upper 20s during the afternoon.
"We'll more than likely stay in the 20s during the day," WRAL meteorologist Mike Moss said. "But what we're going to be concerned about for the first part of the day is the wind chill."
Public schools in Chatham, Edgecombe, Franklin, Granville, Halifax, Nash-Rocky Mount and Person counties will start two hours late on Friday because of the cold, and the North Carolina Zoo in Asheboro will be closed.
In Virginia, schools in Mecklenburg County will be closed. See a full list of closings and delays here.
Since the unusually cold air arrived in the state Tuesday, area shelters have seen a steady uptick in traffic. The Salvation Army on Capital Boulevard in Raleigh had a white flag night Thursday, and the shelter is accepting women with children and single women.
Officials at the Durham Rescue Mission said more than 20 people showed up Thursday night, a little above their average for late January nights.
Weekend temperatures are expected to reach the low 40s, but overnight lows will stay cool, falling into the teens on Saturday and staying in the low 20s on Sunday.
There will be a brief warm spell on Monday, with 51 as the high before the temperature dips to 31 on Tuesday. Overnight lows will return to the teens by the middle of next week.