It is the time of the year when temperatures can move up and down in a rather dramatic way. It appears eastern Carolina will see a weather pattern that will support significant warming and cooling at least through the first week of January. The first strong front will arrive Thursday and will drop temperatures for Friday and Saturday. We'll see another warm-up by the end of the weekend but another strong cold front will arrive by next Monday night bringing more chilly conditions. It may not stick around long but the cold air will certainly be felt across the area. At this point there does not seem to be a significant risk of snow or ice for the next week but weather conditions can change quickly during this time of the year.
December has been averaging between 2 to 3 degrees above normal. The beginning of January will be a bit colder but its too early to determine whether the chill will hang around for the remainder of the month.