Frozen: Record-breaking bitter temperatures stick around through weekend

Posted January 5, 2018 6:04 p.m. EST
Updated January 5, 2018 11:49 p.m. EST

— While there won't be more snow in the forecast, the bitterly cold temperatures aren't going anywhere this weekend.

It could be a good weekend to stay at home or enjoy indoor activities, WRAL meteorologist Mike Maze said.

Friday night will be frigid again with a low of 10 degrees and wind chills close to 0.

“Saturday morning will be frigid around 10 degrees, so a quick in and out for the pets," Maze said.

Saturday's high of 29 degrees will be brief in the afternoon. The morning will stay well below 20 degrees, making for a bitterly cold morning.

"Fountain mountain will build tonight, build tomorrow and build Saturday night," Maze said.

Sunday will be partly cloudy and highs in the 30s.

"Sunday we could surpass the freezing point with a high of 34, but we could stay below that as well," Maze said. "If all goes well we should get a little above freezing before we dip back below freezing by 6 p.m."

Monday will be the first day to notice the warmer temperatures with a low of 36 and high of 49.

"Monday is going to be the day to notice the difference," Maze said. "We could be 50 on Monday, around 60 on Tuesday, and it's going to warm up for a whole bunch of coast in the east." – what?

Tuesday and Wednesday will be more mild and dry with highs in the 50s.

"But every day will be a bit warmer than the day before next week,” Maze said.

The end of the week brings a chance of rain accompanied by much more pleasant temperatures and less wind.

"Thursday and Friday we expect some rain, and the temperatures are really going to heat up almost towards 70 for the high on Friday."–