Triangle looks to break record for most consecutive hours below freezing

Posted January 5, 2018 7:32 a.m. EST

— We could break a 36-year-old weather record this weekend, but it might not be one to celebrate.

The all-time record for consecutive hours spent below freezing at Raleigh-Durham International Airport is 159 hours. That record could fall this weekend as the region began the day around 120 hours.

The record was set in 1982 when the temperature at the airport held at or below 32 degrees for 6.62 days without a break.

"We're getting close to it and most likely we will hit it because we're not looking at temperatures above freezing today or tomorrow," said WRAL meteorologist Elizabeth Gardner. "So, we most likely will break the previous record of all-time number of consecutive hours at or below freezing at RDU."