Eastern North Carolina may experience much needed rainfall on Tuesday afternoon. A strong cold front is poised to move through the area late in the afternoon. Along and ahead of the front strong thunderstorms may develop producing gusty winds. There is a chance that some of the storms could become severe as the front crosses the area. Brief heavy rain may occur but overall amounts are expected to stay between one-quarter and one-half inch with somewhat heavier amounts in a few locations. The rain will come to and end Tuesday night followed by clearing skies and much colder weather. Freezing temperatures are likely Wednesday night and Thursday night. Some inland communities could drop into the middle 20s each night. A warm-up is expected by the weekend.