Residents enjoy First Alert Weather weekend as cold air hits the east

GREENVILLE, N.C. (WITN) – As artic air hit the east Saturday, temperatures dropped to low 20s and teens.

These extremely low temperatures did not stop people from enjoying their weekend.

“We’re out here playing pickleball, getting the blood flowing a little bit,” Greenville resident Frank Frotescue said.” We’re excited.”

Grocery stores, parks, and trails were filled with people enduring the cold. Pickleball player Emma Custance said that although it is cold, options are limited.

“Inside memberships are expensive and it’s just more convenient to play out here so we’ll just bundle up and come out here,” Custance said.

With windy conditions making the temperatures feel colder, some people say winter can’t leave fast enough.

“I don’t like it,” Fortescue said. “I like it warm. Ready for summertime.”

At East Carolina University, some students braved the conditions to spend time outside. ECU student Xavier Wright said he’s gotten a cold from the frigid temperatures so now he’s taking more precautions at home.”

“Just trying to keep everything warm, especially because I have a cat at home so I’m trying to give him blankets because the house can get too cold if it’s cold outside too,” Wright said.

As the First Alert Weather Day continues into mid-day Sunday, some are ready to face the wintry weather while others are deciding to stay warm indoors.

“Oh yeah hot tea, blankets, make sure their warm,” Fortescue said. “Turning that AC up and turning that heat on.”

Sunday morning will be the coldest with temperatures in the teens so remember to protect the 4 P’s: pipes, pets, people, and plants, to get through this chilly winter.