A cold weekend is expected across eastern North Carolina but temperatures should the 40s by Sunday.
Temperatures have turned very cold across eastern North Carolina. Thursday night's lows were in the teens along and west of Highway 17 while coastal areas remained in the lower to middle 20s. We could see even colder readings on Friday night with many areas falling into the lower to middle teens. We will see a gradual warm-up on Saturday as highs should get to the freezing mark or slightly above during the afternoon. Warmer air will arrive for Sunday just in time to see clouds increase with a threat of rain. It appears that temperatures will be a bit too warm to produce snow. The cold air is likely to hang around until the middle of next week and there is a chance another storm could develop along our coast on Tuesday. If so, it could produce a period of snow on Inauguration Day. For now we'll just say there's a chance.