Long stretch of bitter cold is almost over

Posted January 22, 2020 4:25 a.m. EST
Updated January 22, 2020 4:46 a.m. EST

— This week's stretch of bitterly cold weather is almost over.

Tuesday was another below-freezing night, with overnight lows in the mid-20s but wind chill making it feel in the teens.

Temperatures on Wednesday will warm to 46 degrees, which is close to 10 degrees warmer than Tuesday was. Temperatures will plunge into the 20s again overnight, but then the cold stretch ends.

"Today's the day we start to turn the corner and head in the other direction," said WRAL meteorologist Elizabeth Gardner.

Thursday’s temperatures are expected to peak at 49 degrees, and we’ll break into the mid-50s on Friday.

Thursday will be a sunny day, but there will be a 40% chance for rain during the day Friday and a 70% chance of rain Friday night.

Saturday and Sunday look dry and pleasant, and temperatures will stay in the lower 50s. Temperatures next week will be milder and average for late January, with highs staying in the 50s.

7-Day Forecast

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