Colder than average weather is expected for the Southeast this winter. Meteorologists usually define the winter season from December 1 through the end of February. The southeastern half of the United States should be colder than normal while portions of the West should average slightly above normal. Precipitation should be slightly above normal across the South. For eastern North Carolina it will likely mean more clouds and chilly conditions. Average winter highs in our area reach the 50s during the afternoon and drop to the 30s at night. There is no way to tell whether there will be more ice and/or snow this winter but we should certainly have a few chances. The most likely time for frozen precipitation in eastern North Carolina is from mid-December to mid-March.