Cold night ahead but much warmer air in the forecast
The whipping winds are expected to die down Wednesday evening but the cold weather will stick around a little while longer thanks to another cold front that will march through the region tonight.
WRAL meteorologist Mike Maze said the low temperature will drop to around freezing but the wind chill will feel like temperatures are in the teens.
“If you’re headed out this evening, be well bundled,” he said. “We should be below freezing by the time the sun sets and it’s going to be a hard freeze.”
The mercury will rebound on Thursday with temperatures barely above freezing, but it will be sunny Maze said.
A warming trend is on tap, starting with Friday, Maze said.
“We have an incredible warm-up expected as we go into the weekend and next week,” he said, adding that temperatures could reach the 70s.
There were fears that Wednesday morning commuters would see patchy black ice after rain moved into the area, but it had largely evaporated by the time the below-freezing temperatures arrived.
Since roads were largely dry, slick spots in the Triangle will be rare, but drivers should still use caution during the morning commute. Highways and interstates were clear, but secondary roads could contain some slippery patches.
Although temperatures normally have a high of 52 degrees this time of year, Wednesday’s expected high of 42 degrees is much warmer than the city’s all-time low of -9 degrees.
A wind advisory was expected to expire around 7 p.m. for much of central North Carolina.