Temps dropped into the 40s by midday and will continue to fall into the 30s and even lower throughout the evening.
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Durham Public Schools canceled all after-school extracurricular activities Tuesday because of the cold weather.
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Showers fell throughout the morning and afternoon across the state, generally moving out of the ABC11 viewing area by early evening.
Sleet fell in parts of the area
ABC11 Meteorologists first alerted you to this cold blast last week. Even then, they explained why weather apps showing a chance for snow were not giving you the full story.
Skies will clear this evening and into the night, which will lead to a very chilly evening with temperatures dropping down to record-low territory.
The lowest temperature we've ever seen this time of year happened in 1957; it was 22 degrees. Tonight we will drop down to around 24 degrees, with wind chills in the teens.
The cold will linger around for a few days. So if you haven't broken out your winter coat yet, now is the time.
On Wednesday, it will be sunny and cold with highs varying from 40 to 46 degrees. The average is 65.
Wednesday night will be in the low to mid-20s.
Salvation Army of Wake County has its white flag out and won't turn away anyone with children seeking shelter from the cold.
"During the white flag season, we don't turn anyone with children away that comes seeking shelter. We'll put them on cots, on mats, in our dining room and play rooms, nursery anywhere that we can make them comfortable," said Katie Gonzalez, Director of Social Ministries.
They are looking for donations of hats, coats, gloves and cold medicine.
Chris Swinnie was heating his home with his stove until the Helping Hand Mission in Southeast Raleigh gave him a space heater.
"It really helps a lot because we can keep warm with this and to try and keep everything warm until we can get our central heat," said Swinnie.