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Temperatures plunge in Carolinas as arctic blast moves through

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North Carolina has plunged into the deep freeze. Some of the coldest air in years settled across the state Tuesday morning.

Temperatures early Tuesday ranged from 8 degrees below zero in Boone to 20 degrees on Cape Hatteras. Wind chills ranged from 36 below zero in Boone to 6 at Cape Hatteras and Lumberton.

At one point, temperatures dropped to 18 below zero on top of Beech Mountain.

Forecasters said the high temperatures across much of the state would not get above freezing Tuesday.

Charlotte-Mecklenburg School officals confirmed that a mobile unit at Hidden Valley Elementary School had heating issues. They say the issue has been fixed. 

School officials also say there were heating issues at Myers Park Traditional Elementary school earlier this week and that has been resolved too.

The school district says these issues will come up because of the low temp Monday night.  That is one of the reasons of the school district issued a two-hour delay for Tuesday morning, so maintenance crews could get a leg up on making sure heat is working in CMS' nearly 160 schools.

Major utilities serving the state reported more than 40,000 customers were without electric service Tuesday.

Duke Energy reported more than 37,000 customers without service in western North Carolina. The utility had more than 2,400 customers without service in the area previously served by Progress Energy.

Dominion reported about 250 customers without service in northeastern North Carolina.

The North Carolina Zoo was closed Tuesday because of the excessive cold. Appalachian State University in Boone was also closed.

A number of school systems across the state delayed classes, while some others were closed for the day.

Emergency officials in Watauga County say except for a church fire, in Foscoe which destroyed the Foscoe Christian Church, most incidents were minor.

But they are asking people, especially in rural areas to check on their neighbors.

The bitter chill won't last too long. Forecasters expect temperatures to return to normal or above normal levels by the weekend.

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