Arctic air strikes overnight

Eastern North Carolinians prepare for the coldest day of the year as they wake up Wednesday

POSTED: 4:37 PM Jan 30 2013   UPDATED: 5:12 PM Jan 24 2013
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EASTERN N.C. -

Clear skies and light winds west of Highway 17 have us starting out in the upper teens this morning. 

You will notice there aren't too many signs of frost.  A dry air-mass is in place preventing moisture from condensing into frost.  

We can expect temperatures this afternoon very similar to what we saw Tuesday.  We will not experience gusty winds. 

A week storm system passes north of the Virginia-North Carolina border tonight bringing slightly warmer air with it.  As a result, expect temperatures overnight tonight to barely drop below the freezing mark. 

As that system departs off the coast this afternoon another cold Canadian high pressure system will settle in over us for Thursday afternoon.  As the cold air with this system is reinforced blustery northwesterly winds will return for Thursday afternoon making it feel like the 20s. 

This could potentially set the stage for more wintry weather as we head into Friday as another storm heads our way. 

I will continue to track these systems and alert you to any potential for severe winter weather.  Continue to follow updates from the StormTrack 12 Weather Center.