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Winter on the Inner Banks of North Carolina

Updated on January 10, 2012

Snow on Holly

North Carolina's Pleasant Winter Weather

North Carolina's Inner Bank's winter weather is always changing. One cannot become bored because of constant days of inclement weather. Ever changing weather patterns allow for boating and sailing one day, and perhaps snowman building the next.

It's a good idea to keep up with the daily weather reports because tomorrow might bring 30 and 40 degree drops or rises in temperatures. One day might be in the mid to upper 70's allowing folks to wear short sleeves and shorts. The next day might have dropped down to the 40's with a cold wind coming out of the north. So, the long pants and coats are the apparel choices of the day.

In many areas, people put away their summer clothes knowing they won't be needed again for several months. Here, it's wise to keep all items available year round from warm mittens to bermuda shorts.

Unless a hurricane has prematurely stripped the trees of their leaves, it is well into the winter before all the different kinds of trees are bare, except for the evergreens, which are plentiful. And by that time, the pretty red buds of the Maple tree have already blossomed.

One of the most beautiful of all pre-winter flowering bushes in North Carolina is the Camelia which can be kept cut back to a smaller shrub or left alone to grow to tree heights.

It is rare for the winters to be cold enough to see freezing along the edges of the canals, rivers and IntraCoastal Waterway and seldom does the ice become substantial enough to hold weight.

Though we see many migratory birds flying further south, we also enjoy the company of those who stay all winter. The egrets, sea gulls and other water fowl remain, but we also get to listen to the singing of other common birds who stay and are accustomed to being kept fat by the back yard feeders.

One of the most beautiful sights along the Inner Banks is a late-winter snow. Many of the Spring flowers are blooming such as crocus, daffodils and tulips. Put a thick layer of white frosting atop these colorful blooms, and you have a picture of incomparable beauty.

Winter on the Inner Banks of North Carolina can be warm or cold. It can come early or late, but it never lasts long and is just another pleasantry of living in this part of the world.

Maple Tree In Winter Snow

Stopping By Woods On A Snowy Evening by Robert Frost

Whose woods these are I think I know.

His house is in the village though;

He will not see me stopping here

To watch his woods fill up with snow.

My little horse must think it queer

To stop without a farmhouse near

Between the woods and frozen lake

The darkest evening of the year.

He gives his harness bells a shake

To ask if there is some mistake.

The only other sound’s the sweep

Of easy wind and downy flake.

The woods are lovely, dark and deep

But I have promises to keep,

And miles to go before I sleep,

And miles to go before I sleep.

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