February 15, 2013
Is snow in the forecast for Hatteras and Ocracoke?
By IRENE NOLAN
Will there be snow on Hatteras or Ocracoke Saturday night?
“It’s a possibility,” said Casey Dail, a forecaster at the National Weather Service office in Newport, N.C.
now, she said, the forecast is for about a half-inch of accumulating
snow tomorrow night, but it could be a little more, depending on the
timing of the arrival of cold air and the availability of moisture.
matter what happens, though, you can expect a cold and blustery day on
Sunday with temperatures in the mid-30s, northwest winds blowing at 25
to 30 mph with gusts to 40, and perhaps some minor soundside flooding.
said a weak cold front will move through the area tonight and into the
morning. Then a low pressure area will form along the front
offshore later on Saturday. An upper level disturbance will move
along the front, perhaps bringing more moisture in the cold air.
cold air usually chases the moisture,” Dail said about the Outer Banks,
and that reduces the chances for accumulating moisture.
there are still enough uncertainties in the forecast that the snow
might be slightly more than expected. That’s more likely on the
northern beaches, she said, but possible on Hatteras and Ocracoke.
Right now there are no winter weather advisories or warnings for the Outer Banks, but that could change.
You can check out the latest on the Weather Service’s website at http://www.erh.noaa.gov/er/mhx/.