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Arctic front brings near-record low temperatures to Charlotte area

The Carolinas woke up Wednesday to frigid temperatures, with snow in the mountains and near-record lows in the Charlotte metro.

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — An Arctic front brought a taste of winter to the Carolinas early this week, with near-record lows across the region as well as snow and ice in the mountains of North Carolina. 

Officially, Charlotte got down to 23 degrees, two degrees shy of tying the record set on this date in 2013. Wednesday's high is expected to climb into the mid-40s with another cold morning on Thursday. First Warn meteorologist Chris Mulcahy said cloud cover could make it slightly warmer, with a forecast low of 25 degrees. The all-time record for November 14 was also set in 2013, Mulcahy said. 

In the mountains Wednesday's high will get in the mid-30s. Several schools were operating on a delayed schedule due to Tuesday's snow and cold. Things should be a little closer to normal as we head toward the weekend but it will still be cool. 

"For this time of year, this is a serious cold front," Panovich said. "This is like, middle of January cold. Below-zero in parts of the Midwest and Great Lakes, that's cold for them, even for winter it's below average. This is just craziness."

Credit: WCNC

Thursday's highs are expected to be similar to Wednesday in the lower 40s with mostly clear skies. 

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