Arctic plunge forces temperatures in WBTV viewing area to drop below freezing

Arctic plunge forces temperatures in WBTV viewing area to drop below freezing
Although the Arctic plunge is centered in the north, the effect can be felt here in the WBTV viewing area

CHARLOTTE, NC (WBTV) - While the heart of this Arctic plunge is centered north of us in the Midwest and Great Lakes region, we’re facing the coldest weather so far this winter season. Despite plenty of sunshine, today will be cold with afternoon readings settling in the middle 40s. And when wind gusts of 20 to 25 mph are factored in, it will feel like the mid 30s.

In the mountains, it’s even colder, with highs today near 20° with dangerous wind chills below 0°. It may take until Friday afternoon before temperatures in the High Country inch above 32°. That’s a cold snap!

As the wind gradually knocks off a bit tonight, we’ll settle back into the teens for most WBTV neighborhoods, making it the coldest night thus far this winter season. Sunshine will be in good supply again Thursday, but after digging ourselves in a deep cold hole during the overnight hours, we’ll struggle to get much above 40° Thursday afternoon.

Looking ahead, we’ll rebound to the middle 50s on Friday and Saturday, then jump into the 60s early next week, well above average for early February!

Keep warm and have a great hump day!

- Meteorologist Al Conklin

First Alert Forecast: Wednesday, Jan. 30 @ 12pm

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