Shelter workers have just raised the white flag outside. It's a promise that no one will be turned away.
They're not the only ones gearing up for the big chill.
Fruits and vegetables aren't the only things shoppers are looking for at the State Farmers Market in Raleigh Monday where firewood is also selling fast.
"A lot of people buying firewood," said Renee Blackmon, with Ronnie Moore Produce. "It's going to be cold. Got to stay warm."
Before the big chill moved in, families in downtown Raleigh were soaking up the sun and the crisp air.
"We've been very spoiled. It's been nice," said Raleigh resident Brent Barry. "So hopefully it'll be short-lived. Get the cold temperatures out of the way and get back to warm weather."
However, the cold blast is a welcome treat to some.
"Just probably stay at home," said Barry. "Build a fire and cozy up beside that."