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Old 01-12-2008, 02:33 PM
 
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I want to leave Vermont and head someplace with much milder winters, but I don't want to get into areas that have alot ice storms or rain that freezes overnight. Can anyone tell me what the winters are like in the coastal regions as far as any ice or snow?
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Old 01-12-2008, 02:49 PM
 
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Anywhere on NC coast
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Old 01-12-2008, 03:06 PM
 
Location: Blue Ridge Mtns of NC
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The warmest year-round coastal temps are probably found in the Wilmington-Southport, NC area.

SOUTHPORT 5 N, NORTH CAROLINA - Climate Summary

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Old 01-12-2008, 03:43 PM
 
Location: Cape Carteret, NC
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Smile Haven't see any ice or snow yet

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I want to leave Vermont and head someplace with much milder winters, but I don't want to get into areas that have alot ice storms or rain that freezes overnight. Can anyone tell me what the winters are like in the coastal regions as far as any ice or snow?
This is our second winter on the Crystal Coast near Emerald Isle, NC.

Last year it was hard to call it winter, if I compare it to the ones we used to have north of Fredericton, New Brunswick where we saw temperatures as low as minus forty.

We walked the beach every month, and I also hiked and biked at will. I had my kayak and boat in the water in late December. I just haven't had time yet in Jan.

Last year we saw 24F for a couple of hours. This year so far we have seen 20F for about an hour.

No one in our area has mentioned snow or ice as a possibility. People talk about a storm several years ago when there was some snow for a day, but that is all that I have heard.

There was actually a snow event where Charleston, SC saw some snow in November 2006, but of course it did not stick.

Last January the temperatures near Cape Carteret were only below freezing for a total of nineteen hours for the whole month.

You can check our area average temperatures at this link.

There is always a trade off. We found that any farther south than we are, the hot months of the summer were really hot.

We had about six weeks of really hot humid weather last summer, but the temperature never got above 93.

We are right on the water so we get a nice coastal breeze most of the time.

I would not worry about coastal snow and ice very much in North Carolina.

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Old 01-16-2008, 09:28 AM
 
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Hey guys, thanks so much for the replies. The coastal area sounds great for winters, summers might be hot and humid, but I can take that. I would really miss the change of seasons if I moved much further south.
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Old 01-16-2008, 09:34 AM
 
Location: Southeastern North Carolina
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Hey guys, thanks so much for the replies. The coastal area sounds great for winters, summers might be hot and humid, but I can take that. I would really miss the change of seasons if I moved much further south.
I thought I would miss the change of seasons, too, and that's why I didn't move further south. But whenever it gets cold here, as it is this week, with lows in the upper 20s and highs in the upper 40s to low 50s, I wish I'd gone to Florida. I guess I'm looking for that endless summer, after all.
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Old 01-16-2008, 11:29 AM
 
Location: Cape Carteret, NC
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Smile Just visit north to appreciate those 40s & 50s

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I thought I would miss the change of seasons, too, and that's why I didn't move further south. But whenever it gets cold here, as it is this week, with lows in the upper 20s and highs in the upper 40s to low 50s, I wish I'd gone to Florida. I guess I'm looking for that endless summer, after all.
We traveled from Cape Carteret, NC to Roanoke, Va late last week. It was 73 when we left here and 43 when we got to the mountains. It had been in the sixties earlier in the week, but we got there just when the weather was changing.

Those forties turned out to be about the high temperature that we saw over the four days we were there.

On top of that the winds were blowing. When I went to the dentist yesterday morning it was in the low thirties, the sky got dark and there was a whiteout for a minute or two. Then the ground was white and snow was blowing along the roads. When we left yesterday at three pm, it was 35 degrees.

After a day or two with highs in the thirties and the wind blowing, those 40s and fifties with sunshine feel much better here on the coast

I had a friend who lives in Pittsboro. He went to Florida the week that it got so cold here. His first morning in Florida, it was colder than in Pittsboro. Of course Florida recovered nicely later in his trip.

Today Roanoke got a winter storm warning with up to four inches of snow, freezing rain and sleet expected tomorrow.

I'll take the cold rain here on the coast any day.
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