High pressure will become anchored off the East Coast by midweek bringing a warmer southwesterly breeze into the area. Temperatures will reach the lower to middle 60s Tuesday then approach 70° by Wednesday. With a bit of luck we may hit the lower 70s both Thursday and Friday ahead of a cold front that will give our us a good chance of showers by Friday afternoon. Weekend temperatures will be more seasonable with highs in the upper 50s to lower 60s.
Our winter season temperatures have been on a roller coaster ride. December averaged slightly above normal while January was below the average temperatures. The first 17 days of February have averaged between 1 and 2 degrees below normal with a few bouts of snow and ice. The warmer temperatures this week will certainly feel much better for lots of folks. At least we'll have a chance to thaw out for a while.
It appears that much colder air will arrive by early next week. It is too early to determine whether or not any snow or ice will fall after the cold weather moves into the area. I have a feeling that many folks across eastern Carolina hope the snow and ice is over for the season.