'Long stretch of cold' ahead

Posted November 22, 2008 6:18 a.m. EST
Updated November 23, 2008 1:17 a.m. EST

— Bitter cold weather is expected to continue overnight Saturday with temperatures expected in the lower 20s, WRAL Meteorologist Kim Deaner said.

An upper level disturbance will bring cloudy skies overnight, but since the clouds are less likely to reach the Sandhills temperatures there could drop into the teens, Deaner said.

There is also a slight chance for snow.

“I would not rule out the possibility of a flurry or two,” Deaner said.

Saturday began with temperatures in the low 20s. The skies stayed clear for 61st annual WRAL-TV Raleigh Christmas Parade, but temperatures lingered in the 30s throughout the event. Slight winds made it feel like it's still in the 20s.

Prior to the parade, an overnight low of 21 degrees set a record for the day’s lowest recorded mark, Deaner said. The previous recorded low was 23 degrees.

Saturday's high reached into the 40s.

"It is absolutely frigid out there for this time of year," WRAL Meteorologist Mike Moss said.

And going into next week, North Carolinians can look forward to "a long stretch of cold," Moss said.

The low to mid 50s will dominate from Sunday and through all next week – except for Tuesday, when a high around 48 degrees is expected. Lows will dip into the low 30s and high 20s.

Monday will be the warmest day of the week, with a high around 55 degrees and a chance of rain late in the day.