Historic Cold Snap Breaking Records and Causing Power Outages Across Our State


As the Charlotte region’s frigid cold snap continues to drag on, we’re seeing snowfall on the beaches, power outages in the mountains, and an increasing number of records being broken.

We’re now in the coldest stretch of weather the Queen City has seen in over 20 years – the last time temperatures stayed below 35 degrees for this long was 1995.

This is also the coldest start to the year in almost 90 years, with this year’s average temperature at 23.6 degrees;

The cold is also causing an increasing number of power outages in many parts of our state.

Last night there were over 4,000 customers in Avery County that were without power. Mountain Electric Cooperative crews worked through the night to try to restore power with wind chills between -5 to -10 degrees.

As of this morning, power is still out in many parts of the county with no estimate on when it might be restored.

The county has opened warming stations at the Burke EMS station on Buckeye Hollow Road for anyone who doesn’t have a non-electric source of heat.



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