The first nine days of December have been very cold across eastern North Carolina. Temperatures have averaged about 10 degrees below normal since the first of the month. We will see a nice warm-up over the weekend with highs reaching the 50s Saturday and lower 60s Sunday afternoon. We'll have to pay a small price in the form of clouds and an increasing risk for showers. A strong cold front will sweep through the area Sunday afternoon followed by clearing skies and much colder weather early next week. In fact, highs on Monday and Tuesday will struggle to reach the freezing mark. Enjoy the brief break before another December chill descends upon us.