Charlotte-area residents shivered in record-tying cold Tuesday morning, while more snow fell in the mountains and schools were closed for the second straight day.
The National Weather Service reported the temperature at Charlotte-Douglas International Airport dropped to 14 degrees shortly before 5:30 a.m., equaling the record for the date, which was set in 1937.
Forecasters say sunny skies won't help much today, as temperatures are only expected to reach the middle 30s for highs.
Meanwhile, snow showers continued overnight in the mountains, adding to accumulations that exceeded a foot in some places.
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Homeless shelters were packed in Charlotte and elsewhere across the eastern United States, in the midst of the coldest weather so far this season.
And in Florida, farmers battled subfreezing temperatures to save their strawberry and other crops.
No major problems have been reported so far this morning in the Charlotte region. Unlike Monday morning, there have been no reports of icy patches on roadways. But it was a morning to bundle up, as temperatures tumbled 20 degrees below average for the date.
"This is not a cold snap that will leave in a hurry," said Rodney Hinson, a meteorologist at the National Weather Service office in Greer. "This will last several days."
Adding to today's cold weather will be a breeze that will create wind chill temperatures in the low to mid 20s this afternoon. In the mountains, wind chill readings are below zero Tuesday morning.
Forecasters predict temperatures will fall into the middle teens again tonight, then only reach 40 degrees Wednesday.
Milder weather is forecast Friday through Sunday, but a storm system that could bring significant rain to the region Sunday will usher in another blast of arctic air early next week.