Temperatures in Rowan expected to drop to record lows
Following two days of winter weather, temperatures today in Rowan are projected to drop below record lows, according to the National Weather Service.
The Greenville-Spartanburg National Weather Service predicts temperatures in Salisbury dipping to 1 degree, with the wind chill equalling 8 degrees below zero. The record low in Salisbury for Thursday — Feb. 19 — is 6 degrees, which was recorded in 1979. The record low for February as a whole in Salisbury is zero degrees, which was recorded twice since 1928. The lowest temperature since 1928 for this time of year was 8 degrees below zero, recorded on January 29, 1940.
Wind gusts Thursday could be as high as 20 mph. It’s is expected to be sunny during the day and mostly cloudy at night, according to the National Weather Service.
Snow is once again a possibility for Friday night and Saturday morning. Temperatures are expected to warm up Friday into the mid-teens, the mid 30s by Saturday and 54 degrees by Sunday.
As a result of the increasingly cold weather, the American Red Cross and Rowan Helping Ministries will provide a warm place to stay.
The Red Cross opened a warming station Wednesday at 6 p.m., at the Hanford Dole Chapter, 1930 W. Jake Alexander Blvd., in Salisbury. In an email, the Red Cross said anyone affected by the extreme cold temperatures or any widespread power outages can come to the warming station. In addition to a warm space, Red Cross volunteers will provide warm beverages and snacks as needed.
The Red Cross said the need of the community would determine the duration of the warming station through the remainder of the week.
Rowan Helping Ministries will have room open 24 hours a day for anyone who needs a warm place, said Executive Director Kyna Grubb. For anyone the shelter has to turn away, Grubb said Rowan Helping Ministries would have blankets available.
The shelter’s crisis assistance, she said, could also be a solution for those who lose power or need help paying heating bills.
Contact reporter Josh Bergeron at 704-797-4246
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