RALEIGH — As freezing weather sears the nation, the cold front will arrive in the Triangle at about dawn on Monday, sending temperatures plummeting to a record low for the day of 10 degrees by early Tuesday morning.
This is dangerously cold, said Jonathan Blaes, a meteorologist at the National Weather Service in Raleigh.
Lows Tuesday could hit the single-digits in Durham and points to the northwest, easily breaking the record low of 15 degrees for Jan. 7, Blaes said.
Tuesdays high will only reach 24 degrees, leaving the Triangle below freezing until sometime Wednesday afternoon.
Blaes recommends that residents leave their faucets dripping Monday night to keep pipes from freezing and check on outdoor pets and elderly neighbors. Families might want to wait for the school bus inside a warm car Tuesday and Wednesday mornings, he added.
Homeless shelters will be using their white flag program, which allows the homeless to sleep on the shelter floor if the beds are full.