Temperatures across eastern Carolina have been riding a roller coaster over the past few days. Highs barely got above the freezing mark over the weekend then soared into the 70s on Tuesday afternoon. More springlike warmth can be expected on Wednesday as highs hit the middle to upper 70s. A strong cold front will finally bring an end to the warmth as highs tumble as much as 20 degrees by Friday afternoon. The chill will last through the weekend as temperatures are unlikely to get above 50° during the afternoons. Weather conditions are expected to be generally dry after Wednesday night's rainfall. A weather system dropping southeast from the Midwest could bring some clouds and a few showers by late Saturday or early Sunday. Otherwise, it looks like we'll see lots of sunshine during the latter portion of the week and weekend.
An early look into February suggests that we'll have more typical winter conditions than we've seen for most of the winter. Thus far temperatures have averaged about 4° above normal since December 1. Temperatures should be seasonable to slightly below normal in our area for February. We should also see one or two chances for a snow/ice event during February into the first half of March.
Spring is at hand so try to enjoy the last "real" month of winter.