Last fall the National Weather Service predicted a milder than normal winter across much of the eastern half of the United States and so far the prediction has been correct. The Northeast has averaged about 2 degrees above normal while much of the Southeast has averaged between 3 to 4 degrees above normal, including Eastern North Carolina. Colder weather is poised to move into the East over the next week to 10 days but will not totally reverse the warmer than normal conditions by the end of February, which is considered the end of meteorological winter. Most areas have also seen below normal snowfall. Eastern North Carolina usually receives about 1 to 2 inches of snow each year along the coast while well inland and northern locations receive from 5 to 7 inches. Of course, one late season storm could bring us to our average. On March 24, 1983, seven inches of snow fell on the Greenville/Washington area. However, nothing has beat the late winter storm of March 1st and 2nd of 1980 when nearly two feet of snow fell across the same area.
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