Arctic Cold Front Could Bring Single-Digit Temperatures To North Carolina

Jan 6, 2014

North Carolina temperatures are expected to drop to the single digits tonight, as an Arctic cold front moves into the area.
Credit David Park, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada on 27 Dec 2009. / Wikipedia Creative Commons

It will feel a lot like a breezy spring morning across much of the state, but temperatures will turn icy this afternoon and into tomorrow.

National Weather Service Meteorologist Phil Badgett said temperatures will be in the 60s in some places early in the day, before an Arctic cold front moves in this afternoon.

“We're looking for lows tonight of between 5 and 10 degrees,” Badgett says. “And we haven't been that cold since January of 1996.”

Badgett says his colleagues call cold fronts like these "The Polar Express".

“We really are getting a delivery from the North Pole this time. As this storm lifts across the Great Lakes, the winds around this system will become northwest today and pull in this really bitterly cold air.”

This arctic front could lead to wind chill values dropping below zero. No snow or freezing rain are expected, but Badgett advises that temperatures will be dangerous and could cause frostbite. 

He recommends that people wear layers, hats and gloves once the temperatures drop.

Badgett says homeowners should close vents in crawl spaces. He says motorists should check their car batteries and antifreeze levels today, so they're not stuck without a ride tomorrow morning.