Bitter Cold Carolinas; School Closings And Delays

Good morning, it's Tuesday, 7 January 2014, and as I write this message to's 10 degrees in Charlotte...minus-9 degrees in Banner Elk, and minus-6 degrees in Boone.  Wind chills in some areas could be as low as minus-31 degrees! It is not only bitter is dangerously cold this morning!

Many school in the mountains are closed today...many other schools, including Charlotte-Mecklenburg, are on delays this morning.  WBTV is going to bring you the best and most complete coverage of this arctic blast that is covering much of the country this morning.  Be sure to tune in from 4:30 to 7:00 AM... Al Conklin will have your First Alert Weather Forecast.

We'll have team coverage of how the cold is impacting our area.  Steve Ohnesorge is traveling in the mountains right now...while our Kristen Hampton is checking on issues here in the Piedmont area.  Is your car parked outdoors?  We'll have some great information on making sure it starts smoothly this morning before you head out.  We'll also tell you about warming centers set up here in Charlotte to help those without heat.  The North Carolina Zoo is closed today because of the weather.

Plus...we'll bring you details on the cold in other areas of the country...consider this:  Chicago had a record low of minus-16 degrees Monday...and the high was only minus-11.

A fire overnight seriously damaged a home in Huntersville.  Three people who were in the home escaped unharmed...we'll show you what happened.

U.S. Sen. Lindsey Graham was among the passengers on board a United Airlines flight to Washington, D.C., that had to turn back to the Greenville-Spartanburg International Airport because a warning light came on in the cockpit. Airport spokesman Rosylin Weston said the plane landed safely yesterday.

Gov. Pat McCrory has decided to hold a special election to fill U.S. Rep. Mel Watt's seat at the same time as the primary and general elections in 2014. McCrory says that will save money. But it also means North Carolina's 12th Congressional District won't have a representative for 10 months.

SPORTS!  What a game!  The BCS National Championship game goes down to the wire!  With just 13 seconds left in the game...a pass into the end zone scores the winning touchdown!  We'll have highlights and details.

All this and so much more when you join us for WBTV News This Morning...from 4:30 to 7:00 AM.  This is John Carter reporting to you this morning...hope to see you then!