Unseasonably cold weather will dominate eastern Carolina's weather at the beginning of the week. Temperatures will top out in the upper 40s through Wednesday before a warming trend gets underway on Thursday. A strong storm system will bring rain to the area Tuesday followed by dry and windy conditions on Wednesday. Average temperatures have remained well below normal so far in March with more seasonable conditions finally expected later this week.
It has been much wetter than normal for the year thus far. Most locations are averaging about 1" to 3" above the long-term averages since January 1. More rain will develop on Tuesday but will quickly leave the area at night. More showers can be expected at the end of the week.
The latest forecasts suggest near normal rainfall for the spring and summer although periods of conditions may occur from time to time.