Clouds broke early Thursday and temperatures soared to near 60° in most locations across eastern North Carolina. By late afternoon colder air was filtering into the area and should take temperatures down into the middle to upper 20s by sunrise. Believe it or not our temperatures have averaged fairly close to normal for this winter. I'll give a complete update in a winter review that should be released in early March. In the meantime we'll have to endure a few more cold winter days before we feel the warmth of spring. The first half of the weekend should feature a lot of sunshine and seasonable temperatures in the 50s. Another strong cold front will reach us on Sunday along with gusty winds and colder temperatures. We may see a few showers as the front crosses the region but significant rainfall is unlikely through early next week. It does appear that much warmer air will arrive later next week and maybe then we'll see those 60s once again.