EASTERN CAROLINA -

Our first real taste of winter weather has arrived in Eastern Carolina.

The Arctic cold front has pushed off the coast in the predawn hours and has swept the warm moist air off the coast with it. Our official high temperatures for the day occurred in the predawn hours when we were up near 50 degrees. But the cold air will continue to be pumped in over us Friday, and afternoon temperatures will struggle to return to freezing. If that isn’t bad enough, gusty northerly winds 20 to 30 mph will make it feel like the teens!

The Arctic high pressure will settle in over us Friday night. This will allow the winds to decrease, but will also create the perfect setup for our coldest temperatures of the season. The low will drop into the mid-teens and even into the mid 20s along the coast.

However, the temperature roller coaster swings to the warm side of things by Sunday, as we warm up into the mid 60s with more clouds and some scattered showers.

This warmup will be short-lived though, as another even colder Arctic air mass will get delivered to us by the middle of next week, where once again, temperatures will struggle to reach freezing and overnight temps could dip to near single digits!