Near-freezing temperatures mean frigid start to Election Day
Posted October 30, 2020 4:29 a.m. EDT
Updated November 3, 2020 8:04 a.m. EST
Raleigh, N.C. — Voters waiting in line on Election Day will need a coat for the first half of the day, but Tuesday will become milder when the sun emerges.
A freeze warning expired at 8 a.m. for several counties in central North Carolina, including Wake, Durham and Johnston counties. Our southeastern counties were under a frost advisory.
WRAL meteorologist Elizabeth Gardner said the Triangle didn't see freezing temperatures overnight but came close. At 8 a.m., temperatures were close to 40 degrees in Raleigh.
"This is the coldest morning we'll see for the rest of the week," Gardner said.
After a start in the low to mid-30s, Tuesday will see a gradual warmup into the 60s by late afternoon. Unlike Monday, there will be no wind chill to make it feel colder, and sunshine will keep voters warm at the polls.
WRAL meteorologist Kat Campbell said Monday actually felt more like December than November. Our normal high for the start of November is 68, and the low is 45. On Monday, the high was 58 and the low was 37.
That cold snap won't last, though.
The days will get a bit warmer as the week wears on, with mostly clear skies and highs in the upper 60s and low 70s by Wednesday, Thursday and Friday. Some clouds return for the weekend, but it stays warm, with highs in the mid-70s and overnight temperatures in the upper 50s.