The tranquil weather pattern across much of the United States over the past few weeks may be coming to an end next week as the weather pattern becomes more active. For now it appears we won't have to deal with severe cold but below normal readings may be in store for Christmas. A storm system will move into the Midwest by the latter portion of next week bringing a large swath of rain for the East Coast with some snow for portions of the Midwest. Seasonable to mild temperatures across eastern North Carolina for much of next week should turn noticeably colder by Christmas Day. At this point it appears that any moisture would be moving out of the area before the cold air arrives and that would not be good news for those of us who want to see a White Christmas. Of course, Christmas Day is still 12 days away from the typing of this blog and weather conditions could change quite a bit before that time. I'll take another look at our holiday forecast early next week.