Frigid temperatures hang over Charlotte region

Frigid temperatures hang over Charlotte region


by staff

Posted on January 23, 2014 at 10:22 PM

Updated Saturday, Jan 25 at 6:11 AM

CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Another blast of arctic air is sitting in the Charlotte area, meaning frigid temperatures much like ones we’ve seen in recent weeks, if not colder.

The wind chill readings will be near zero overnight Thursday.

Wind gusts may reach up to 25 mph. In the mountains, the wind chill could get to 25 degrees below zero, and wind gusts might be even stronger.

Winds will calm come daytime Friday, but temperatures will stay low.

Highs will barely make it into the 30s. Many schools have delayed their hours Friday because of the cold, but anyone outside before 11 a.m. will notice frigid temps.

Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools are operating on a two-hour delay Friday due to the cold weather.

Several mountain schools are closed for Friday. Complete list of delays and closing here.

A Wind Chill Advisory is in effect for all of the foothills and Piedmont through 10 a.m. Friday. Wind gusts up to 25 mph drop wind chill readings from zero to ten below zero.

"The cold weather will hang around for all of today," forecaster Larry Sprinkle said. "The Charlotte area will not get out of the 20s today."

A Wind Chill Warning is in effect for the mountains through 12 p.m. Wind gusts of 35 mph will take wind chill readings 20 to 25 degrees below zero, with 30 degrees below zero likely on the ridgetops.

The good news is the sun will shine all day Friday, and temperatures will reach the mid-40s for the weekend.

"It will be cold, but the sun will be out today," Sprinkle said during his morning forecast. "You still will definitely need at coat though."

By Monday afternoon we'll be up around 47°, but another wave of Arctic air will come crashing through the area.

The Charlotte area will fall back into the teens early Tuesday with high temperatures closer to the freezing mark.

We'll stay unusually cold through the middle of next week. We will be watching a weather system Tuesday that could bring some snow to parts of the Carolinas.

Read more from First Warn Chief Meteorologist Brad Panovich