Snow threat ends, Arctic cold to return

By Eric Davis - bio |email

WILMINGTON, NC (WECT) - Southeast North Carolina dodged the winter weather bullet this morning when we avoided light snow.  However another Arctic blast is poised to move into the area later today.

This blast of winter will drop temperatures to about 20 degrees below normal over the weekend.  Icy north and northwest winds will make it feel even colder than it actually is.

Overnight some light rain fell over the area.  At times a little sleet mixed in with the rain but there were no reports off accumulating ice.  Rainfall totals were generally less than a tenth of an inch.

There were a couple of reasons why we dodged the bullet on snow.  First the system that moved through was fast moving and had little moisture to work with.  Second overnight southwest breezes helped to warm temperatures into the low 40's areawide.  Third even though cold air did finally arrive in the area, the moisture was long gone so no snow.

Over the weekend we return our focus to extremely cold weather.  A second blast of Arctic air will keep afternoon highs in the 40 degree range on Saturday and Sunday.  Overnight lows could dip into the teens. Strong breezes mean wind chills will run in the 30's during the days and low teens at night.  Don't forget about your pets and check on the elderly.

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