A volatile springlike pattern will continue through midweek. a strong cold front will approach eastern Carolina late Tuesday, bringing the threat of some severe weather. Strong, damaging winds, hail and an isolated tornado will be possible during the afternoon and early evening. The front will push rapidly offshore Tuesday night followed by a sharp drop in temperatures. Highs will reach the middle to upper 70s the Tuesday afternoon then drop to the upper 30s to lower 40s early Wednesday morning. Sunshine with highs only the middle 50s can be expected for Wednesday afternoon.
A Freeze Watch has been posted for counties west of Interstate 95 for late Tuesday night and early Wednesday morning. Temperatures will be near or slightly below freezing in those counties. Communities east of interstate 95 should stay above freezing but middle to upper 30s are possible far inland on Wednesday morning. A gradual warming trend will begin Thursday and continue into Easter Weekend. In fact, temperatures should bounce back into the lower 70s at that time.
The forecast for Easter looks nice at this point. Skies should be partly sunny with afternoon highs in the lower 70s. It should be in the upper 40s to lower 50s for sunrise services. I'll update the forecast as the week progresses.