Rain began across eastern North Carolina Wednesday evening as temperatures fell into the upper 30s. The rain will gradually change to snow from northwest to southeast during the early morning hours. Some communities across northeastern North Carolina have the potential to receive 2 to 4 inches of snow before it ends after sunrise Thursday. Other locations are expected to get an inch or two. Communities along the beaches may only get a dusting to an inch as the storm pulls away Thursday. Some sunshine is likely to return in the afternoon but temperatures will remain well below normal. Highs will top out in the upper 30s to lower 40s in most locations. Slightly warmer air will filter into the area by the weekend.