01/23/14 — Cold, but no snow

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Cold, but no snow

By From staff reports
Published in News on January 23, 2014 1:46 PM

Temperatures will drop again tonight into the teens, keeping Wayne in a deep freeze for a third straight day.

Temperatures early today were in the low 20s in Wayne County and ranged from 8 degrees in Boone to 30 in Lumberton.

Officials warned of wind chills of 5 below zero in the northeastern part of the state, while in the mountains the wind chill could dip to 20 below zero.

The National Weather Service today warned of black ice conditions in the central part of the state as well as the mountains. Forecasters said areas where snow has melted might freeze, creating black ice.

Snow was reported early today in northern North Carolina and the white stuff was still covering many secondary roads in the region.

Roads in Wayne County and the surrounding area were mostly free of ice and snow and skies were clear today.

But a winter weather advisory was in effect until late morning in eastern North Carolina, including Greenville, Jacksonville and the northern Outer Banks.

The forecast for Wayne called for highs today in the upper 30s, with west winds 10 to 15 mile per hour. Tonight is expected to be partly cloudy, with lows around 15. Northwest winds were expected to be from 5 to 10 miles per hour with gusts up to 20 miles per hour.

Friday is expected to be sunny, with highs only in the upper 20s. Friday night will be clear and cold again, with lows near 19.

There have been no significant power outages reported by major utilities in the state associated with the cold spell.