Eastern North Carolina is slowly saying farewell to cold and damp winter of 2009-2010. We had one of the coldest winters in several years across our area so many folks are now ready for the warmth of spring. It seems like we always have to go through a couple of cold periods before true spring actually arrives. Once such event will occur on Friday night as much colder air arrives. Temperatures are expected to get close to freezing across inland areas by sunrise on Saturday. Coastal areas should stay in the upper 30s to lower 40s. The target area with the greatest chance of reaching the freezing mark is along and west of Highway 17. The big question is whether the wind will calm down enough to allow temperatures to fall rapidly just before sunrise. We'll update the situation as we get closer to Friday night. Meanwhile, the average freeze date has already passed along coastal counties so chances are they will not see freezing temperatures again until late in the fall. However, across inland eastern North Carolina we usually see our last freeze of the season during the final week of March or the first week of April.