Meteorologist: Frigid Weather Is Here To Stay

Jan 22, 2014

The National Weather Service predicts that freezing temperatures will stick around until next week.
Credit National Weather Service

Rain became snow, and temperatures plummeted across much of North Carolina overnight. Most of the Triangle received a dusting, but areas north and west saw snow accumulations of up to 2.5 inches.

National Weather Service Meteorologist Barrett Smith said it's the latest in a string of Arctic cold fronts moving in from Canada.

“With the temperatures being in the low-to-mid-20s, where they are this morning, anything that looks wet on the roadway, you've got to assume that it's ice,” Smith said. “So, we're just cautioning everyone to be careful.”

Smith said the the cold is sticking around.

“We'll get down solidly in the teens tonight, and we could see some areas that are maybe in the 8- to 9-degree range, as well. Because of that, we're only gonna get up in the 28- to 32-degree range,” Smith said. “So everyone's pretty much gonna be at or below freezing.”

He adds the freezing temperatures will last until the weekend.

We'll see a brief reprieve, with highs in the 30s and 40s, before another cold front moves in early next week.