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Temperatures to remain frigid

Posted January 5, 2010
Updated October 18, 2011

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— Temperatures will remain cold throughout the week, with a minor chance that the Triangle could see snow on Thursday evening.

The cool temperatures had people like Raleigh construction worker D.J. Humphry dressing in layers.

"I've got about four thermals on," Humphry said Tuesday.

Some fight cold at work Some fight cold at work

Matt Gural delivers food from Jimmy John's on his bicycle. He said his job is even colder because he is moving at fast speeds.

Wednesday's temperatures will reach into the 30s, and a slight warm-up Thursday could send the mercury all the way to the low 40s before crashing into the mid 20s again that night.

The warm, moist air might hang around long enough to meet up with a new blast of cold air. If that happens, there is a potential for a dusting of snow Thursday evening.

"A period of light snow flurries, maybe enough to coat the ground, is about the best we can hope for," WRAL Chief Meteorologist Greg Fishel said.

The snowfall would be a brief event without much precipitation.

Friday morning would be partly cloudy and cold.

Another blast of cold air is expected to push through just in time for the weekend.

Fishel said temperatures should start moving back toward the normal high for this year – about 50 degrees – by the middle of next week.

"Better things are coming. It's just going to take a little while to get there," Fishel said.

Freezing temperatures cause car trouble

AAA Carolinas said it has seen an increase in jump-start calls due to the cold weather. The group said it expects demand to continue for the rest of the week with predictions of sub-freezing temperatures.

"We received 45 percent more calls yesterday related to battery trouble compared with the past four Mondays," said David E. Parsons, president and CEO of AAA Carolinas.

Freezing pipes close schools, state parks

Two Person County schools dismissed early Tuesday because frozen pipes left them without water, officials said.

North End Elementary School and Oak Lane Elementary School dismissed at 11 a.m.

Meanwhile, crews worked to fix a water main break on South Person Street near the intersection of East Bragg Street in downtown Raleigh early Tuesday morning.

The frigid temperatures also led to the indefinite closure of Grandfather Mountain State Park. Officials at the state Division of Parks and Recreation said Tuesday that heavy snow and ice accumulation and downed trees made it extremely difficult and dangerous to enter the park.

Officials said Mount Mitchell State Park and several other high-elevation state park areas in the western part of the state were also closed due to icy roads.

Tips to protect pipes

Everyone is urged to prepare for the unusually cold weather such as checking heating units and protecting exposed water pipes.

How to avoid frozen pipes How to avoid frozen pipes

Plumber Mike Waite, with Cary Plumbing, said the cold spell is keeping him busy repairing busted water pipes. Among the causes are unprotected irrigation backflow valves.

“(Irrigation) pipes burst all the time when they're not protected. A lot of people forget to take them out in the winter months when they're not using the irrigation systems. And if you leave a pipe exposed to freezing weather, it's going to burst,” Waite explained.

Waite said nearly every problem plumbers respond to during the winter months can be prevented.

“Leaving outside faucets attached to their hose bib, we replace more of those than anything else,” he said.

Measures such as removing hoses from the spigot, closing crawl space vents, eliminating drafts of cold air and insulating exposed pipes can help prevent costly repairs.

“For a three-quarter inch (pipe), you've got to have 1 inch all the way around of foam insulation. Anything less than that will allow it to freeze,” Waite said.

Additional ways to protect water pipes from the cold weather are to keep inside faucets running at a slow drip and to leave cabinets near sinks open so warmer air can circulate.

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  • Vietnam Vet Jan 6, 2010

    They blame him for everything else...what...nobody's blaming Bush for the cold weather??

  • wildcat Jan 6, 2010

    I hope everyone including the homeless stays warm.

  • 6079 SMITH W Jan 6, 2010

    Cold weather in January? THAT sure is strange.....oh, never mind....I see that the overwhelming opinion here is that it is Al Gore and the Democratic party at fault....over the weather, no less. And these people vote....and breed!

  • nobama Jan 6, 2010

    Global warming a complete and total scam. Al Gore is a fraud who just wanted money for "global warming research."

  • ccacrabbitdog Jan 6, 2010

    thank god for global warming or i'd be freezing my butt off....oh i forgot i am freezing my butt off......thanks global warming nuts..........

  • blondectryrose Jan 6, 2010

    OH WHERE,OH WHERE HAS THE HEAT GONE? OH WHERE, OH WHERE COULD IT BE???

  • Your Ignorance is Bliss Jan 6, 2010

    stupid is as stupid posts

  • Just the facts mam Jan 6, 2010

    Al Gore was right - global warming is causing all of this cold weather.

  • bartman Jan 6, 2010

    Whatever they did to global warming they fixed it good.

  • nosuchmiracles Jan 6, 2010

    I am loving this cold weather. I wish we had about 3 more months of it. I do not want the summer to return. The summer here is miserable.

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