December was a great month, January was just about as dead as can be (saved by the south swell on the last day of the month). Hang in there though, because the weather patterns have definitely shifted, and it looks like were about to see a lot more coastal systems brewing - starting with this weekend.
I'd rate my winter about a 7. I live in VB which has had a few good days here and there, with one epic day (Doomsday).
But I've been going down to Hatteras about once a week sinc mid December. Everytime I've gone, the waves have been good to great!! If one spot isn't firing I just drive down a little further and always find one that makes it worth the trip. Plus Hatteras Island in the winter time is pretty empty so there's plenty of waves for the few who are around. Always some great surfers in the water too, sometimes I just sit and watch them for a while.