Warm air is getting pushed out to sea so get ready for winter as it makes a strong return to the area.
A strong cold front pushed off the North Carolina coast on Wednesday and that ended a spell of mild weather that probably won't be seen again for quite a while. The weather pattern is changing over the East Coast and colder air will take charge as we move into the next few weeks. We'll see a brief warm-up on Saturday into the lower 60s before more cold air returns on Sunday. Indications point to a series of storm systems that will bring moderate to heavy snow just to our north over the weekend into early next week. The increasing snow cover will cause the air moving into our area from the northwest to get progressively colder. I expect a major Arctic outbreak sometime between now and the latter part of January that will make our teeth chatter. Another item I'll be looking for is the chance for frozen precipitation. We don't have to deal with snow through this weekend but the colder air coming our way may just meet up with some moisture later this month.