Eastern Carolina Bundles Up Thanks To Cold Blast

Residents across Eastern Carolina are bundling up today, as temperatures struggle to make it to the upper 30s.

Gusty winds are combining with the chilly temperatures to drop wind chills into the teens in some places.

It's been almost a year since high temperatures failed to get above 37°, that was on February 10th.

People who have to work outside dressed in multiple layers, wearing gloves and toboggans to keep them warm. A city work crew in New Bern says there are just some things you can't do when it gets this cold, like pouring concrete.

Tonight low temperatures are expected to dip down into the upper teens. WITN Meteorologist Phillip Williams says seasonable temperatures will return by Thursday, while highs will be above average Friday and Saturday.


A strong cold front is blasting through eastern North Carolina. Gusty winds will combine with dropping temperatures to send wind chills into the teens by early Tuesday morning. Overnight lows will dip into the upper 20s to lower 30s in most locations.

A few snow flurries were reported overnight in Lenoir and Duplin Counties. The wind is blowing 10-20 mph near the coast but gusting higher across the area.

Highs will struggle into the middle to upper 30s with wind chills holding in the upper 20s. We should see a slow warming trend after a frigid night on Tuesday. We should see dry weather continue through the end of the week.


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  • by mike Location: washington on Jan 21, 2012 at 10:05 PM
    No, Its not because we are wimpy, its because we figured out there are other places to live and don't have to freeze our biscuits every winter. That is part of the reason we decided to move here! We love Carolina!
  • by Anonymous on Jan 3, 2012 at 11:11 PM
    I think this is almost humorous, although being I am from Minnesota where below zero tempratures are the norm for deep winter. How do you think the animals up there survive? They sure do year after year in a winter that lasts from october to may, with highs in the 50's for early june normal. One thing I notice here is everything shuts down if it gets too cold, expecially snows. Everything there continues far into sub zero temratures and feet of snow.
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      by JKL on Jan 4, 2012 at 12:15 PM in reply to
      That is because people from the south are wimpy.
  • by linda Location: greenville on Jan 3, 2012 at 07:03 PM
    I too, hope that all animaols are being taking care of tonight, just think how you would feel sitting outside with no way to keep yourself warm. Stop complaining if you have heat and do something for the ones that don't. Try just for today to be thankful for what you have.
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      by Where Is He? on Jan 4, 2012 at 02:00 AM in reply to linda
      Excuse me, but...doesn't God take care of the animals?
  • by Anonymous on Jan 3, 2012 at 06:13 PM
    I say bring it on; I love the cold weather. I find it much easier to get warm in Winter than cool in the Summer..speaking of which, Summer in the South is brutal. I don't miss it at all. Winter leaves way too soon!
  • by Anonymous on Jan 3, 2012 at 05:51 PM
    This cold weather is a good thing! It's will be too cold for the gang members to be out walking the streets and robbing our college students.
  • by Anonymous on Jan 3, 2012 at 05:51 PM
    This cold weather is a good thing! It's will be too cold for the gang members to be out walking the streets and robbing our college students.
  • by Brandon Location: Enc on Jan 3, 2012 at 02:08 PM
    Well on my calendar winter starts in December on the 21st. And also, the meteorological start of winter is December 1st, a real meteorologist would know that,, guess that's why I said December is a winter month, but Anon, I wouldn't expect you to know that.
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      by Formerly O.L.I. on Jan 3, 2012 at 02:58 PM in reply to Brandon
      Maybe Anon winters in Florida about this time each year. December, January, and February are winter months, always have been considered such in this area.
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      by JKL on Jan 3, 2012 at 03:35 PM in reply to Brandon
      Get a job.
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      by Anonymous on Jan 3, 2012 at 03:42 PM in reply to Brandon
      winter started 12-22 this year...
  • by Anonymous on Jan 3, 2012 at 11:42 AM
    it is winter ,this what i wanted in july
  • by Dawg on Jan 3, 2012 at 10:19 AM
    If you don't like it stick around a few days, Friday they say back in the 60's.
  • by Brandon Location: ENC on Jan 3, 2012 at 08:36 AM
    Hey everyone, just coming to update you on the rest of winter. Let's be honest, almost every meteorologists, including me, issued winter forecasts that got destroyed by a mild December. I am now ready to say with confidence that La Nina is beginning to weaken and head near neutral. NAO and AO are heading negative by mid month, FINALLY! So what does this mean? Starting this week, we are going to begin to see more troughs settle over the east coast for a longer period. Cold looks to grow stronger as we head to and into February. Also, storminess looks to return to the pattern which means we will wait and see if a storm can track just right for snow, based on what I am seeing, it has to happen eventually. To sum it up: January looks to be slightly below normal with temps and slightly below in precip. February is looking much below normal with near normal precip, possibly a major storm. March is looking below normal with above normal precip and more storminess. Stay tuned and keep those fingers crossed for the remainder of this wacky winter!
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      by SO on Jan 3, 2012 at 10:23 AM in reply to Brandon
      Give me a break...
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        by Anonymous on Jan 3, 2012 at 11:49 AM in reply to SO
        no
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      by Formerly O.L.I. on Jan 3, 2012 at 12:46 PM in reply to Brandon
      Hey Brandon! I had a feeling those early November predictions of a 'milder winter' based on the La Nina would change. I read the Blum's Almanac, and it says much the same; wetter than normal with cold temps throughout the Eastern seaboard. Catch ya later.
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      by Anonymous on Jan 3, 2012 at 01:04 PM in reply to Brandon
      How did your winter forecast get destroyed by a mild December...December is a "fall" month not winter. A real meteorologist would know that...
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        by Formerly O.L.I. on Jan 3, 2012 at 03:00 PM in reply to
        September, October, and November are Fall months. December, January, and February are Winter months. March, April, and May are Spring, and June, July, and August are Summer months.
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