Much colder air will follow a cold front that will blast through coastal North Carolina Wednesday night. Temperatures will drop to the 40s by early Thursday and will rise only slightly during the day despite partly sunny skies. Clouds will increase on Thursday night and that will be followed by periods of rain from Friday through the weekend. Clouds, rain and a cool northeasterly wind will put a damper on many outdoor activities. Highs on Friday will likely stay in the middle 40s while 50s can be expected for Saturday and Sunday. It is not uncommon to get setbacks in the spring. I can remember a few days in March when 80° temperatures were replaced a few days later with wet snow. I'm not suggesting we'll see snow this year but the chill coming back over the next few days will remind us that winter isn't officially over for another 9 days.