Temperature records fell overnight in Raleigh, Greensboro, Fayetteville and Charlotte as cold air pushing down the East Coast plowed into the state, the National Weather Service said Wednesday.
The weather service said its thermometer at Raleigh-Durham International Airport read 19 degrees at 2:26 a.m.
The previous RDU record was 21 degrees in 1903.
Other records were 20 in Fayetteville, edging out the 21-degree reading in 1959; 16 in Greensboro, easily passing 1951’s 20 degrees, and 14 in Charlotte, dipping 4 degrees below the previous record in 2008.
While temperatures fell in the South, forecasters said snow would pile up in feet in upstate New York along the shore of Lake Erie and along the eastern shore of Lake Ontario, the state’s traditional “Snow Belt.”
In the Triangle, cold – but not as cold – is on tap until Saturday morning’s low, which should get back above freezing, in the low 40s. Thursday and Friday mornings were forecast to reach 27 degrees and 29 degrees, respectively.
Forecasters pegged daytime highs at 43 on Wednesday, 53 on Thursday, 49 on Friday and 54 on Saturday.
Sunday’s good news is a high in the mid-60s. Sunday’s not-as-good news is an 80 percent to 90 percent chance of rain.