RALEIGH — It will be a bundle-up morning at bus stops Tuesday as arctic air and moderate winds push wind-chill temperatures below zero, weather forecasters said.
The North Carolina Zoo in Asheboro announced that it would be closed Tuesday as a precaution against visitors or workers being out too long in the cold.
Wake, Durham, Orange, Johnston and Chatham county public schools announced that they would open two hours later than normal because of the expected severe cold.
Th frigid air is working its way east from the mountains, and temperatures are already falling through the daylight hours.
The National Weather Service posted a wind-chill advisory from midnight to noon Tuesday.
The cold, forecasters said, will result in frostbite and lead to hypothermia if precautions are not taken.
The actual temperature was forecast to be about 10 degrees Tuesday morning, and winds are expected to be blowing at a steady 12 mph to 17 mph, and gusts be 25 mph.
The result could be below-zero wind chills.
The record low for Tuesdays date is 15 degrees in 1988, and that seems bound to be broken.
Tuesdays high temperatures will not get out of the 20s, the weather service said, and lows by Wednesday morning could get to 10 degrees in some places.
After that, the colds grip should weaken, though Wednesdays highs in the 30s will be 10 to 15 degrees below normal.
Warming should continue, and it looks to be a wet end of the week.