We've enjoyed mild to cool weather conditions over the past 5 to 6 weeks. Temperatures have actually averaged about 2 degrees above normal since November 1. It appears the atmosphere is getting ready to change and a deep chill will likely be felt in the Southeast during the last half of December. Cold air has engulfed the Rockies and Midwest over the past week and was intensified this week when a major snow storm dropped a foot of snow in many areas. The colder air will slowly work eastward over the next week to 10 days so that much of the East Coast will be in winter's grip by early Christmas week. Early indications point to much below normal temperatures on Christmas week. Some have even asked me about a White Christmas. It takes a lot of cold air to even give us a chance for snow. I've only seen one White Christmas in eastern North Carolina and that that was 1989. Could we have a repeat this year? Of course, it is way too early to make forecasts this early but it will not be out of the question that some areas nearby could see some snow before Christmas Day. Stay tuned.
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