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Winter weather moves out; bitter cold temps set up shop in central NC

Posted January 7

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— As a winter storm, that brought up to seven inches of snow to parts of central North Carolina, continues to move out of the area, conditions will quickly deteriorate as temperatures drop into the teens after the sun sets Saturday evening.

By 3 p.m. Saturday, sun could be seen peeking through the clouds, allowing for a small amount of melting on the roadways.

"Anything that melts turns into ice after the sun sets," WRAL meteorologist Nate Johnson said.

The National Weather Service issued a winter weather advisory through Tuesday at noon.

During a news conference Saturday evening, Gov. Roy Cooper urged people to stay off the roads.

"This cold, cold weather is going to cause the ice and snow to compact further. It will be bad tomorrow morning, and it will be bad Monday morning."

"Accidents occur when people think things are OK," Cooper said. "When you do this, you put first responders at risk, you put officers at risk, you put other people who may be on the road at risk. The good thing today is that most people have been listening. We have had no fatialities."

Despite most people heeding the warnings, Cooper said there have been roughly 710 reported crashes across the state.

But, temperatures are expected to drop rapidly Saturday night. WRAL meteorologist Mike Maze warned temperatures could drop into single digits overnight Saturday night. He advised all pets should be brought inside.

"Especially for the areas that have a snow pack, it will drop tonight and tomorrow morning to near 0 degrees - depending on how much snow you have on the ground,"said WRAL Chief Meteorologist Greg Fishel.

Current Temperatures, DMA

Fishel said temperatures will remain frigid Sunday, but there will be some opportunity for melting. Maze said not to get used to warmer temperatures,as the slush will re-freeze Sunday night.

"There will be some improvement tomorrow with the sunshine, even though the temperatures will be below freezing. So, if you have a sidewalk or something, get that stuff off there while it is in a liquid form," Fishel said.

Temperatures will top out in the mid 20s on Sunday before dropping to single digits overnight and into Monday.

"(Sunday) night could be even colder than tonight," he said. "But there is hope for later in the week."

The winter weather advisory has been extended through Thursday morning, as temperatures will remain continuously through lunchtime on Tuesday, Maze said.

Despite being mostly cloudy, temperatures will finally get above freezing on Tuesday as highs reach the lower 40s. By Thursday and Friday, highs could be in the low-70s.

"This is going to be close to a record high, so we're possibly going to break some record lows in the next couple of days and then we're going to get close to some record highs for the second half of next week," WRAL meteorologist Aimee Wilmoth said.

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  • Scott Spaine Jan 7, 9:34 p.m.
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    Fischel says giving the weather without hype. Really!!