Overnight cold could break two low-temp records Saturday

Posted January 6, 2018 8:27 a.m. EST
Updated July 13, 2018 2:06 p.m. EDT

— Frigid overnight air could break the the low-temperature record in Raleigh late Saturday, even without the blustery winds that put most of North Carolina under a wind chill advisory.

The wind chill advisory that made it feel like 5 degrees or lower for most people around the central part of the state expires at 10 a.m. But, even after the advisory lifts, the cold air will stick around.

"Our normal low (for Saturday) is 31," said WRAL meteorologist Mike Moss. "We're looking for about 8 degrees late tonight and early on Sunday.

"That would set a new record if we get that cold."

The high on Saturday will reach 29 degrees, and it will notch up slightly to 32 on Sunday.

Another day of sub-freezing temperatures marched Raleigh closer to breaking a three-decades-old record for most consecutive hours spent below 32 degrees. Moss said 8 a.m. Saturday marked 151-straight hours spent below freezing, measured at Raleigh-Durham International Airport—the record, set in 1982, is 157 hours.

To break out of the cold spell, temperatures will begin to rise in the early part of next week as highs jump into the 40s and 50s. By the end of the week, many people could see the mercury rise into the 60s.

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