The winter chill continued across eastern Carolina on Monday. Afternoon highs remained in the upper 30s to lower 40s. Clouds, rain and wind chills below freezing kept begging the question, when will spring really get here? The storm system responsible for the clouds, rain and cold northerly winds will finally move away from the area late Tuesday. Some sunshine should return by Wednesday afternoon with mainly sunny skies expected for for the first official day of spring on Thursday. By Thursday afternoon we'll likely see temperatures rising into the middle 60s, which would be near normal for this time of year.
The warming trend will last into Saturday before another cold front brings chilly conditions back into the area for Sunday and early next week. In fact, it is likely we'll see below freezing temperatures at least one night early next week. Garden planting will likely need to wait at least until early April. Maybe then we'll finally see a longer period of milder weather. Most folks would probably say that it has taken too long to get there this year.