In both the duration of the cold:
Impressive duration at or below 32 degrees: KRDU was at or below freezing from 1:40 AM 12/31/2017 until 9:51 AM 1/8/2018...that is 200 hour and 9 minutes. KGSO was at or below freezing from 12:20 AM 12/31/2017 until 10:17 AM 1/8/2018...that is 201 hours and 57 minutes. #ncwx— NWS Raleigh (@NWSRaleigh) January 8, 2018
And the low temperatures (I saw -1 F at my place! Brrrrr!!!!):
Here's a look at the observed low temperatures --in some locations record ones-- from Sunday morning, and also the forecast low temperatures for tonight. A full list of Sunday morning lows can be found here: https://t.co/ZLncWj50Ds pic.twitter.com/syvBIkB9Fp— NWS Raleigh (@NWSRaleigh) January 8, 2018
🌟Ranger Greg🌟 has the right idea: come check out our frozen waters before it melts away! 🌨❄️ https://t.co/kVsco2lu3q Even if you can't visit, he's got some amazing shots from our frozen bear pond and more. #Onlyatthemuseum #winterweather pic.twitter.com/65xkhlrA5I— Museum Life+Science (@lifeandscience) January 6, 2018
The little snow we got was very pretty.
I like living far enough north that we get this once or twice a year and far enough south that we can usually wait out the melting. This one took a lot longer to melt though!
Of course, since we do not usually have this kind of weather, it also comes with all its problems. This area gets laughed at for cancelling school on a forecast, but the normal infrequency means only enough equipment for clearing emergency routes and making sure kids are not stranded at school overnight. There were school delays and cancellations from the cold that overshadowed the one day where the cancellation were more about the snow. When you rarely need them, you generally also don't have engine warmers for ALL the buses that need to be started in the mornings. And there are some long cold routes to cover as well.
I did have to get the furnace fixed but with good insulation, a space heater, and the neighbors, I easily survived 24 hours with no heat in the house. I did fine with water but I know people with frozen well heads and pipes. The towns were also kept hopping to fix water main breaks. Ours just don't make the news like JFK Airport! I got heat back just before the snow arrived and was lucky enough to not loose power (and heat) that night when transformers blew. The picture posted was beautiful but I would have been willing to miss out on that in exchange for a quiet and warm night for all.
.@Hillsborough_PD have advised that Dimmocks Mill Road near Gold Park is temporarily closed between Allison and Nash streets (Jan. 3) due to a blown transformer. Be safe. pic.twitter.com/p0wduhSbD7— Town of Hillsborough (@HillsboroughGov) January 4, 2018
And now that things are beginning to thaw, we will find the next round of issues.
https://t.co/OFjqMqT0X2 A water line crew is fixing a broken water main today on the east side of North Churton Street between East King Street and East Tryon Street. pic.twitter.com/5WXruWVAnC— Town of Hillsborough (@HillsboroughGov) January 9, 2018
I have friends and family in the Boston area so I was keeping an eye on the big storm there too as well as the weather near family in NH. We are getting an early start to the total cost of weather disasters for the year (NPR just reported on 2017).
Today is warm(ish) and sunny. A good day for an outside walk. Bring on the rest of the year!