Eastern North Carolina is finally thawing out after the big chill and snow earlier in the week.
Temperatures finally began to warm up on Thursday as southwesterly winds moved into our area. It follows two successive nights of frigid conditions after the snow storm that occurred on Tuesday. Early Wednesday's low in Greenville was 9° and Washington dropped to 12°. Early this morning we saw lows in the upper teens and lower 20s before the warming which shot temperatures into the upper 40s during the afternoon. The warmer weather melted much of snow that fell on Tuesday and alleviated a lot of concerns about ice on the highways. Still there could be a few icy spots late tonight and early Friday as temperatures drop to the freezing mark or slightly below. I don't see the return of the bitter cold anytime soon but we will cool down considerably over the weekend and early next week after a brief warm-up on Friday. Is our chance for snow over for the year? I may delve into that issue tomorrow or next week.