Grab a jacket, hat and gloves: Arctic air sets up shop in Triangle

— Bright sunshine is in the forecast for Martin Luther King Jr. Day across central and eastern North Carolina, but the sun will do little to combat the arctic air that has set up shop behind the system that brought flurries to the region Sunday.

Temperatures were in the upper 20s before sunrise, which is near normal for mid-January, and daytime highs will hover near freezing, WRAL meteorologist Elizabeth Gardner said.

“It’s definitely cold enough for some coffee or hot chocolate this morning, and I don’t even want to talk about how cold it’s going to be on Tuesday,” she said.

After a brisk Monday, temperatures will plummet into the teens overnight and into the day on Tuesday. Daytime highs on Tuesday will be in the upper 20s to near 30 degrees, a good 15 to 20 degrees below normal.

Wind chill temperatures could be even colder, hovering in the single digits Tuesday morning and upper teens during the daytime hours despite more bright sunshine.

Wednesday morning temperatures will again fall into the teens before highs rebound to near 40 degrees.

“Thursday is going to be feel downright balmy as we are forecasting a high in the upper 40s,” Gardner said. “This week is definitely going to feel like winter, there is no doubt.”

The next system expected to impact the Triangle will arrive Friday, and Gardner said it will be one worth watching thanks to the cold air.

“Some of what arrives Friday could be rain, but some of it could be a wintry mix,” she said. “We’ll have to watch this system through the week.”

,Bright sunshine is in the forecast for Martin Luther King Jr. Day across central and eastern North Carolina, but the sun will do little to combat the arctic air that has set up shop behind the system that brought flurries to the region Sunday.

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