130-year-old record destroyed by bitter cold temps

by: Steve Udelson Updated:

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CHARLOTTE, N.C. - A 130-year-old record low was obliterated Tuesday morning in Charlotte.

Temperatures fell to 6 degrees -- breaking the record low of 12 degrees set in 1884 -- but the official low may end up a degree or two lower.

The temperatures in Charlotte warmed to 25 degrees Tuesday making it no longer the coldest Jan. 7 afternoon ever.

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With clear skies and very light winds, the temperatures will fall quickly Tuesday night back to about 10 degrees.

The temperatures may rise slightly toward Wednesday morning.

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On Wednesday, temperatures are expected to break 32 degrees by lunchtime and rise to the mid-to-upper 30s.

Clouds will roll in Wednesday night as the winds shift to the southeast, so it won’t be as cold with a low in the 20s.

Thursday is expected to be gray with periods of light rain and temperatures in the mid-30s.

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If rain and drizzle can develop early enough in the day there may be some freezing rain north of Charlotte, but the chances look low.

The weather will dry out Friday before a cold front moves in Saturday. Expect a nice warm-up this weekend with temperatures in the high 50s.

Forecasts for Sunday are mixed with some predicting rain and others no rain, but temperatures will be around 60 degrees for Panthers’ playoff game time.

Read more on Tuesday's record-breaking low temperatures here.

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