Tuesday to be coldest day of this chilly week

Posted December 5, 2010 7:45 a.m. EST
Updated December 6, 2010 5:28 p.m. EST

— The coldest temperatures since last winter are on tap this week on the heels of an arctic air mass. There is no snow in the forecast, but cold, dry weather will dominate.

The cold arctic air will continue to flow into the area until Wednesday night, bringing very cold temperatures, WRAL chief meteorologist Greg Fishel said. 

The mercury is not expected to top 50 degrees until Friday at the earliest.

Overnight lows will dip to the low-20s on Monday.

The temperatures prompted the Helping Hand Mission in Raleigh to open its doors for anyone in need of shelter from the cold on Monday night. 

The Salvation Army, 220 E. Russell St. in Fayetteville, is offering beds for the homeless for the next 30 nights, officials said. People who want a bed need to be there before 8 p.m. and must leave by 7 a.m. the following morning. No food will be provided. 

Tuesday will likely be the coldest day of the week, with a high in the upper 30s and an overnight low dipping into the upper teens.

Temperatures edged just above freezing mark Sunday, and the sunshine was enough to melt any snow left behind by Saturday's early-season dusting.

Milder temperatures will creep back into the region, starting on Thursday. By Friday, the high will break the 50-degree mark for the first time this week.