An update forecast from the Climate Prediction Center indicates temperatures across the Southeast should be warmer than last winter. Eastern North Carolina averaged 3.75 degrees below normal last year. The expected milder temperatures should average near or slightly warmer than normal. Consequently, we could see temperatures this winter average as much as 4 to 5 degrees warmer than last winter. The warmer temperatures could have a significant impact on on energy costs, which would be good news for most folks. Rainfall is expected to average below normal. It could mean more sunny days than usual. Last winter was very wet, with many days remaining overcast.