Chill could reach record proportions by week's end

Posted February 16, 2015

The forecast low temperatures on Thursday and Friday could break records.
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— The snow, sleet and ice expected Monday and Tuesday in central North Carolina will have plenty of time to linger on area roads and power lines.

Although the precipitation moves out Tuesday afternoon, daily high temperatures won't get much above the freezing mark any day this week, WRAL meteorologist Elizabeth Gardner said.

Any ice on the roads is unlikely to completely clear, and wet roads will have the opportunity to re-freeze every night this week. Fountain Mountain Cam Protect home, pets in cold weather

On Wednesday, high temperatures will be in the low- to mid-30s, and wind gusts may reach around 30 mph at times. 

On Thursday and Friday, the high for the day will only reach the 20s and lows could dip to the single digits, Gardner said.

"High pressure moves back in Thursday, but so does a fresh shot of arctic air," Gardner said.

"The record high for the date is 31 from 1903, so if temperatures do end up this cold, we'll break the old records by a wide margin."

With weather that cold, any ice that melts during the sun of the day will have a chance to re-freeze after dark, creating the chance for slick roads every day this week.

There is an ever-so-slight warm-up in the weekend forecast, when temperatures could finally crack the 40 degree mark. That relief comes with the return of rain, though. Showers are possible across the state on Sunday.


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  • Wayne R. Douglas Feb 17, 2015
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    It's the word "warming" that get confusing for most people. For some reason, they believe that "global warming" intends that every inch on the face of this earth, is supposed to be warmer and warmer only. Sure it may be 2-4* in the next couple of days, but the Arctic, the Antarctic, along with Canada's Northern Territory and Alaska, are losing their ice caps, because of "global warming". Our oceans are seeing higher and higher water levels. Fish from one side of the world, are moving to oceans on the other side, due to climate change. But some folks will never believe what is right in front of their eyes.

  • Lester Oliver Feb 17, 2015
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    You REALLY need to get an actual education and learn the difference between WEATHER and CLIMATE. Global warming is real and every scientist out there has stated that the results will include wild extremes of weather both cold and hot.

  • Skillet Gilmore Feb 17, 2015
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    Jeff, I'm not sure fraud means what you think it means.

  • Jeff DeWitt Feb 16, 2015
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    Sarah, I know EXACTLY what it means, it's one of the biggest frauds ever perpetrated on the American people.

  • Sarah Castaner Feb 16, 2015
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    Jeff, global warming does not mean what you think it means.

  • Jeff DeWitt Feb 16, 2015
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    Much more of this global warming and not only are we going to freeze but Boston is going be buried under a glacier!