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Frigid temperatures but no Christmas snowfall in eastern North Carolina

The tips of balsam fir trees are used to make Christmas wreaths.
The tips of balsam fir trees are used to make Christmas wreaths.

Are you dreaming of a white Christmas? Meteorologist John Elardo with the National Weather Service in Newport says eastern North Carolina will see wintery temperatures this weekend, starting Friday.

“A few places may get above 60. Eventually, at some point in time during the day on Friday those temperatures are going to plummeting and then Saturday our highs are going to be in the mid-to-maybe-upper 30s,” he said, “There will be a few upper 30s but it will be mid-30s. So, it’s going to be sharply colder.”

However, he doesn’t see snowfall in the forecast.

“Christmas day, temperatures will be similar. Only highs in the mid-to-upper 30s on Christmas Day. So, it’s going to feel like winter but it looks like all the moisture that is going to occur with this system is going to occur on the warm side of it. Temperatures will be above freezing on Friday,” Elardo explained.

“It’s going to be wintery, as far as temperatures go,” he added, “But right now it doesn’t look like we’re going to see any wintery weather as far as snow or ice or sleet or anything like that here in eastern North Carolina.”

The system could cause some flooding.

“It could produce some coastal flooding along the Outer Banks. Soundside flooding,” Elardo said, “It looks like minor to moderate soundside flooding would be a concern because the winds are going to be coming out of the west so it’s going to blow the water levels higher on the Eastern portion of the Pamlico Sound.”