Brutal arctic chill drops temps close to record low

by: John Ahrens Updated:

CHARLOTTE, N.C. —

The top weather story remains the brutal arctic cold that is dominating Charlotte.

Meanwhile, more clouds and wind are set to add to the chill this weekend.

Here is how we stand so far with records:

  • Friday morning’s low was 8 degrees, 1 degree shy of the record, which was 7 degrees set in 1963
  • Coldest afternoon for this date is 26 degrees set in 1948. It is 26 degrees at 2:30 p.m.
  • Saturday morning’s record low is 11 degrees set in 1963. Forecast is for 14 degrees
  • With more arctic blasts coming this week, this January is expected to be the coldest January since 1988


A storm moving though the Ohio Valley on Friday night and Saturday will build up the clouds and wind. Temperatures will get higher Saturday, but strong winds will keep it from feeling warmer with wind chills around freezing.

The cold air means more snow for the mountains, but the biggest threat is very strong winds.

The next arctic wave will move through Monday.


Temperatures will jump to the lower 50s by Monday before another blast of cold arctic air sweeps in on Tuesday.