It's cold, but not the coldest

January 17, 2009 10:22:58 AM PST
According to the National Weather Service, Friday's bone-chilling temperatures didn't break any records in the Triangle, or the state.ABC11 Accuweather Meteorologist Glenn Willey is predicting temps in the teens tonight and some single digits by Saturday morning.

The wind chill was an issue Friday morning. A wind chill advisory was issued for the Triangle and surrounding areas until 9 a.m. At times, wind chill temperatures hovered near zero.

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About a dozen counties accross the state were under an advisory until noon. The weather service said temperatures could feel like zero to minus-10 degrees in those areas.

Forecasters said exposure to the cold winds could result in frost bite and hypothermia.

Arctic air that caused temperatures to plunge across North Carolina will remain over the state through Saturday.

Meteorologist Willey says expect clear skies and light winds tonight. With dry air in place, we should see the coldest temperatures this week. Readings should range from 9 at Roxboro, to 12 at RDU to 14 at Fayetteville by early Saturday.

While very cold, this is nowhere near the record low for the date, which was -1 in 1977.

On the coast, forecasters said the low was 15 degrees, short of the record of 10.

Temperatures forced Chatham County school officials to delay the start of classes so students wouldn't have to wait for buses during the coldest hours of the morning.

You can expect some improvement Saturday. It will be a bit warmer with lots of sun and highs in the mid 30s.

A disturbance will approach on Sunday, bringing increasing clouds and a chance for a little light rain by afternoon.

Highs on Sunday will be in the low 40s. As the rain ends Sunday night, it may mix with or change to a little snow. Right now, it appears that any snow that falls will be very light and not cause any problems.

Dry and chilly weather will be the rule for early next week too.


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