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Perdue declares emergency ahead of next chilly weekend

Posted January 7, 2010
Updated January 8, 2010

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— Gov. Bev Perdue declared a state of emergency Friday to ensure the delivery of heating fuels ahead of a weekend in which temperatures are forecast to be 20 degrees below normal.

Executive Order No. 43 allows truckers to drive more hours than usually permitted if they are delivering oil, diesel oil, kerosene, propane or liquid petroleum gas. The state of emergency will continue for 30 days or until the emergency ends.

"I want to ensure that adequate supplies of home heating and vehicle fuels are available to our citizens during this extended cold snap,” Perdue said in a statement. “Some areas of our mountains got more than 20 inches of snow recently, and extremely cold temperatures have persisted statewide.”

After dawning with temperatures in the upper 30s and low 40s in central and eastern North Carolina, Friday has already seen its warmest weather.

"Expect temperatures to continue to fall all day long," WRAL meteorologist Elizabeth Gardner said. "This bitterly cold air is moving in and will stay with us all weekend."

Around noon, the temperature had fallen to 30 degrees in Raleigh. The mercury started to plummet into during the afternoon.

"The core of the cold air from Canada has broken free," WRAL meteorologist Mike Maze said late Friday.

The air would push temperatures lower overnight into the mid-teens.

"We'll barely make it above freezing all weekend," Gardner said.

Central and eastern counties will see a similar scenario Sunday: a high around 33 degrees and a low around 15 degrees.

It will be much colder in the mountains, where Boone was already sitting at 9 degrees Friday.

Snow showers and flurries could fall from Boone to Asheville through early Saturday afternoon, and temperatures won't get any higher than the mid 20s through the weekend. Wind chills could make it feel as it's below zero degrees at times.

"It's an arctic weekend, but there's a light at the end of the tunnel in the seven-day forecast," Gardner said.

In central North Carolina, temperatures could be up in the 40s on Monday and Tuesday, then push into the 50s by Wednesday.

Temperatures in the mountains could rise above freezing next week, too.

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  • tatermommy52 Jan 11, 2010

    Where are the global warming stories.

  • time4real Jan 11, 2010

    regurgitating the same stories? hey, what ever works wrandL!

  • oldschooltarheel Jan 8, 2010

    "The whole aim of practical politics is to keep the populace alarmed (and hence clamorous to be led to safety) by menacing it with an endless series of hobgoblins, all of them imaginary."
    H.L. Menchen

  • whatelseisnew Jan 8, 2010

    Completely unnecessary if the Government was not interfering with commerce.

  • MrX-- Jan 8, 2010

    A state of emergency? Over temps in the Teens? She acts like it has never gotten that cold before. It gets down into the teens and sometimes single digits every winter. This is nothing unheard of or even that out of the ordinary.

  • prn13norm Jan 8, 2010

    North Carolina's emergency came when she was elected!

  • GinkgoPhyta Jan 8, 2010

    It is hard to say how much of an impact humans have on climate change. I do not buy the argument that we don't have any impact, something that Sarah Palin recently claimed (saying only God influences climate). Likewise, I think the doomsday scenarios on the other end of the spectrum are kind of ridiculous.

    A lot of people that are vocal tend to be on one end of the spectrum or the other.

    There are a lot of other reasons for climate change besides just human impact on the environment... people should look up Milankovitch Theory, it is quite interesting in relation to past climatic events in relation to Earth's orbit (going from nearly circular to elliptical), axis orientation, etc.

  • time4real Jan 8, 2010

    "And after she increased our taxes by 1 whole percent"

    did you know she's about to do it again? and she's going to tell us that she had no choice, times are hard, Obama ain't givin' me no mo stim'lus money so we got to fend for ourselves now!

    And in the meantime it will still be too dry for precipitation to reach the ground!

  • Iconoclast Jan 8, 2010

    It looks as if Perdue is firing up the PR machine again. Maybe that will keep her warm.

    As to global warming, we'll know what the future will be like when we get there. In the meantime, it's only reasonable to try and use our resources wisely and that includes not using space in landfills that is not needed for recyclables. Many animals do not dirty their own den; where does that leave you Hank? oh, I'm not from Cary, I'm just a good ole Harnett County hick; even country boys try to be responsible.

  • woodrowboyd2 Jan 8, 2010

    I never watch the news or the weather
    whatever it is tomorrow it is
    deal with it.

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