A strong cold front will usher in the coldest air of the season tonight and Tuesday, according to The National Weather Service.
Today there will be a chance of showers, with a high rising to near 62 by 10 a.m. in Elizabeth City, then falling to around 40 the rest of the day, the Weather Service said. Winds could gust as high as 28 mph.
Then the real cold temperatures arrive tonight, with lows around 15 and a blustery northwest wind of 17 to 20 mph and gusts to 30 mph, making it feel as cold as between 5 below zero and 5 above zero.
The record low for today is 13, set in 1981.
If there’s any consolation for Tuesday, it will be sunny. But the high is only expected near 25, with a west wind of 14 to 18 mph and gusts to 28 mph.
Tuesday night will be clear with a low around 16 — which would break a record of 18 set on the date in 1988.
Improvement is seen by Wednesday, with sunshine and a high near 37 expected. On Thursday, it should warm all the way up to 51, the Weather Service said.