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Charlotte sees record-setting cold Friday

The record-setting cold spell in Charlotte continued on Friday as the area hit a low overnight of 7 degrees.

That bested the previous low for Feb. 20, which was 13, set in 1896, National Weather Service meteorologist Patrick Moore said Friday morning. Moore is in the Greer, S.C., office.

Thursday also set a record in Charlotte for the lowest high temperature, which was 26. That beat the previous record of 34, set in 1972. But Thursday’s low temperature of 12 degrees did not beat the record of 8 for the low, which came in 1958.

The city of Charlotte reported eight water main breaks Thursday, mostly because of the cold weather. All were fixed by early Friday but at least one new break was reported Friday on S. Hoskins Road.

Meanwhile, Duke Energy urged customers in the Carolinas to reduce electricity use through 10 a.m. Friday to reduce high-energy demand on the electric grid.

The company made several suggestions for customers, including: turning off unnecessary lights; reducing the thermostat to the lowest comfortable setting while home, then bumping it down a degree or two when leaving home; and leaving drapes or blinds open to warm the house with the sun’s rays.

Friday’s anticipated high of 28 will break another record, according to the National Weather Service; the previous record low for the high temperature was 32 degrees in 1947.

The next

chance of precipitation

will arrive on Saturday morning, with sleet in the morning possibly mixing with freezing rain that turns to all rain by early afternoon.

Temperatures should return closer to normal on Sunday and Monday, with normal being a high of 56 and low of 34, Moore said. Sunday should hit a high of 54. It likely will rain Sunday morning, and possibly Sunday night too.

But after that, no precipitation is in the forecast through at least Thursday, according to the weather service.

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