Monday, January 21, 2008

Cold this Morning; Freezing Drizzle Tuesday Morning?

Temperatures dipped well below normal into the mid teens this morning. There were no records set across the area though. The record low temperature for January 21 at RDU is -9 set in 1985. That is the coldest temperature on record at RDU. That same day in 1985 the low reached -10 in Louisburg and -5. (Click here to see a statewide low temperature map from January 21, 1985.)

Luckily, it wasn't quite that cold here this morning! Here's a look at lows from around the region:

  • Louisburg: 12
  • Southern Pines: 12
  • Henderson-Oxford: 14
  • Smithfield: 14
  • Chapel Hill: 15
  • Raleigh-Durham: 15
  • Rocky Mount-Wilson: 15
  • Fayetteville: 18
  • Laurinburg-Maxton: 18
  • Goldsboro: 20
  • Lumberton: 20

Sunny skies will prevail for today, and now our attention will turn to Tuesday morning. Clouds will build into the state late tonight with a chance for light scattered showers Tuesday. The timing of when those showers begin is key to our forecast. Temperatures are expected to drop to the mid 20s tonight, so if those showers begin to fall tomorrow morning, light freezing rain is a possibility. Again, this will not be a major event. In fact, many spots will just see cloudy skies and cold temperatures.However, if that patchy light freezing drizzle or freezing rain falls over the road you take to work and school, that it will become an issue for you.

Any precipitation Tuesday morning would be very light and isolated, but if does fall over the right spot, it could cause some issues for the Tuesday morning commute. We'll have Weather on the Ones updates and traffic updates every 10 minutes Tuesday morning to keep you updated on the latest conditions.

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