N.C. chills for another frigid weekend

Posted January 9, 2010 7:50 a.m. EST
Updated January 9, 2010 11:14 p.m. EST

— North Carolina is in for at least one more weekend of frigid weather, forecasters say.

Temperatures will be about 20 degrees below normal and will struggle to get above the freezing mark on both Saturday and Sunday. Overnight lows will be the teens to low 20s.

"Bundle up against the cold chill" or stay in the "nice, comfy temperatures inside," WRAL meteorologist Mike Moss recommended.

The sun will dominate the skies Sunday. No precipitation is in sight.

"It can be bright outdoors, but the air is still very frigid out there," Moss said.

By Monday, though, temperatures will be moderating. A high pressure system that has been producing the chill, northwesterly winds will sink to the south, allowing warmer air behind it to come into the state.

"Some of that milder air will ... end up in the southeastern United States to give us some relief from the cold as we head into the second half of next week," Moss said.

Monday and Tuesday will see highs in the low to mid 40s, then the mercury will be rising over the 50-degree mark from Wednesday on.

"That's not far above normal, but being above normal at all will feel balmy at this point," Moss said.