Bitter cold temps felt across the Charlotte area

CHARLOTTE, NC (WBTV) - A cold and Arctic area of high pressure has set up shop... and it doesn't look to loosen its grip anytime soon. High temperatures today did manage the upper 40s, but a fresh shot of cold is on the way for tonight.

Temps will plummet heading overnight with morning lows in the mid 20s in Charlotte and low teens in the mountains. The forecast low for Boone Thursday morning is 12°.

Those frigid morning starts will make it hard for the highs to climb very far tomorrow afternoon. Piedmont areas hold in the 30s and the mountains will be lucky to make it above freezing. In addition, a little North breeze will make for wind chills in the single digits in the mountains overnight. The rest of us will have wind chills in the teens & 20s Thursday.

We have a brief reprieve Friday and Saturday as temps make it back to the 40s before the Arctic Express rolls in to head into 2018. New Year's Eve will be nippy and the first few days of 2018 will greet us with temps in the 30s for highs.

Now with all this cold, you may be wondering, when the heck is it going to snow?! Our late week storm is completely off the table, but we do have a 20% chance of snow showers for New Year's Day. We will wait until we have more consistency in our weather models to place any higher confidence in this. Stay tuned!

- Meteorologist Chris Larson

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