Relief From the Power Grid Strain Coming?

Duke Energy has announced they stopped the rolling blackouts at 11:30 am today (Christmas Eve), but still many residents are without power due to the high demand. We remember previous cold waves here but don’t remember Duke every performing such blackouts.

Below are tonight’s lows into Christmas morning:

It will still be cold, but not as cold as early this morning. The Piedmont will be spared from any single digits and from teens in eastern parts. This is a good trend.

Highs tomorrow (Christmas) are below, and the good news is that many locations will rise above freezing. This is good news for heat demands, as the severity of the cold will lessen some. However, some of the northern and western Piedmont will be at or below freezing, as will the mountains.

The encouraging news for those still without power and for those who don’t like the cold, we warm up considerably next week and into New Years weekend.

Check out the CPC map from 12/30 into 1/3! This cold wave is expected to be very short-lived.

We hope you all get power back real soon!

Author: Michael Griffith

I have had a passion for the weather since a very young age and am a degreed meteorologist. I have a Bachelor of Science from Penn State University and a Master's from Plymouth State University. If you ever see me out and about in the Charlotte, NC area, be sure to say hi!