Tonight's temperatures could be the coldest some of us have seen in years.

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Nate Johnson

No doubt about it.  Last night was windy and cold!  Temperatures bottomed out in the low-to-mid 20s across our area, and another cold night is on tap for tonight.

In fact, it will be colder in the Triangle tonight than it has been in months.   Tonight's forecast low of 15° at RDU would be the coldest temperature we've seen since February 6, 2007.  Wilmington is in line for much the same: tonight's forecast low of 20° would be the coldest since the cold morning of February 17, 2007.

Not to be outdone, Fayetteville could see their coldest night in three years.  If the temperature drops to our forecast low of 17°, it would be the coldest night since January 18th of 2005 -- nearly three years ago!

As cold as all of those numbers are, they're not likely to set any new records.  The NWS doesn't keep track of records in Fayetteville, but the record lows in Raleigh (9° in 1979) and Wilmington (11° in 1918) appear safe.

The good news for those of you who don't like the cold weather: we will see high temperatures near 70° by the middle of next week.

But -- we have to get there first.  If you have to be outside tonight, bundle up.  Don't forget about your outdoor pets, too.  Consider letting them at least sleep in the garage tonight!

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