Forecast: frigid temps paired with high winds
It's going to be quite cold for the next few days, but there won't be any snow to show for it — just a lot of biting wind.
"It'll feel like 14 or 15 degrees outside [today], and the high is expected to be in the mid-20s," Kathleen Carroll, a Raleigh-based meteorologist with the National Weather Service, said. "It's not going to be a nice day."
That's not even the worst of it, Carroll said. The wind chill Monday night and early Tuesday morning was expected to make the temperature feel like -7 in Sanford, and it was projected to range from -5 to -10 in other nearby cities. Winds this morning were forecast at around 15-18 miles per hour, with gusts as high as 30 miles per hour. The whole area is under a wind chill advisory until noon.
The National Weather Service website was showing a 0 percent chance of precipitation in Sanford through at least 2 p.m. Wednesday, and Carroll confirmed that it's highly unlikely anywhere in the central area of the state will see snow.
"It's just going to be cold," she said.
Carroll said the National Weather Service doesn't track historical weather patterns in Sanford, but that their records show Raleigh hasn't seen temperatures this cold since 2000.
"It's been a long time," she said. "This is not a normal thing."
Personally, Carroll said, she hopes it's another 14 years or more before it gets this chilly again. But she and everyone else will only have to battle the cold for a few days; the highs are supposed to be back in the 60s by this weekend.