Tuesday to be coldest day of this chilly week

Posted December 5, 2010
Updated December 6, 2010

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— The coldest temperatures since last winter are on tap this week on the heels of an arctic air mass. There is no snow in the forecast, but cold, dry weather will dominate.

The cold arctic air will continue to flow into the area until Wednesday night, bringing very cold temperatures, WRAL chief meteorologist Greg Fishel said. 

The mercury is not expected to top 50 degrees until Friday at the earliest.

Overnight lows will dip to the low-20s on Monday.

The temperatures prompted the Helping Hand Mission in Raleigh to open its doors for anyone in need of shelter from the cold on Monday night. 

The Salvation Army, 220 E. Russell St. in Fayetteville, is offering beds for the homeless for the next 30 nights, officials said. People who want a bed need to be there before 8 p.m. and must leave by 7 a.m. the following morning. No food will be provided. 

Tuesday will likely be the coldest day of the week, with a high in the upper 30s and an overnight low dipping into the upper teens.

December doesn't last long in N.C. December snow doesn't last long in N.C.

Temperatures edged just above freezing mark Sunday, and the sunshine was enough to melt any snow left behind by Saturday's early-season dusting.

Milder temperatures will creep back into the region, starting on Thursday. By Friday, the high will break the 50-degree mark for the first time this week.


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  • jon_ncsu Dec 6, 2010

    "Waiting for my tax increase", clippers are not easy to that they don't produce snow usually outside of the mountains but to say it was easy for them to forecast a clipper in RDU is riduculous...If you are simply talking about their QPF totals, yes of course a clipper wouldn't produce anything outside 1-3" for our area, so that was easy...but keep in mind NWS RAH wrote off this storm the day before, saying NO SNOW for central NC. Greg Fishel is a great met, so is everyone else on this team. The late week warm up will not last, as temps much like this week will rush in..have you seen the euro?? Jan & Feb will be warmer than normal, Dec much colder than normal, so that's why Dec is the best chance for snow. We'll have some snow possibilities come mid month, just watch and learn. ;)

  • Thornedwolf Dec 6, 2010

    Yes we can Keepin_it_real_in_NC

  • Peace Love and Cold Meds Dec 6, 2010

    Ahhhh the froth that the chief works up over his hopes that cold air will mean snow around here. He got luck forecasting a clipper and got one right. Probably the first one in 2 years. Now he tells us to not get excited about a late week warm up because it won't last. With a smile on his face. I sure hope we get the snow Armageddon you dream of at night before January 1 gets here because someone could "flip the switch" and our brief winter ends. Completely. With no snow! Oh heaven forbid.

  • Keepin_it_real_in_NC Dec 6, 2010

    Can we blame Global Warming for this?

  • lma1973 Dec 6, 2010

    I like jelly beans

  • Peace Love and Cold Meds Dec 6, 2010

    works for me.

  • lma1973 Dec 6, 2010

    Monitor is found

  • lma1973 Dec 6, 2010

    Monitor is lost

  • wildcat Dec 6, 2010

    monitor is found....

  • wildcat Dec 6, 2010

    We need more snow. Then it will be beautiful for Christmas.