Temperatures hit the lower 70s in much of eastern North Carolina on Wednesday afternoon.
Much of eastern North Carolina had a springlike Wednesday as temperatures surged into the lower 70s, except 60s along the immediate coast. The warm weather will be short-lived as colder air will return to the area on Thursday. The sunshine will return on Thursday and Friday as we reach the upper 40s and lower 50s. Saturday will be a reminder that winter is still around as highs struggle into the lower 40s. It is quite common to have warm spurts of air reach us during the middle and late winter. Still it is with great certainty that cold air will rule the weather regime until we get into the month of March. In fact, looking at the latest charts convinces me that winter is far from over. A significant storm system should bring us rain early next week followed by a brief shot of cold air during the middle of the week. We may finally get a stretch of warmer weather by the end of next week into the weekend. However, changes occurring in Asia and across the northern latitudes would suggest a renewed siege of colder air by the middle of February and that air could stick around until at least early March.