the bright sunshine that followed last night’s frontal passage,
Hatteras and Ocracoke temperatures have not risen above freezing today.
a northeaster wound up off the mid-Atlantic coast last night, the
islands got hit with a little bit of everything -- thunderstorms, high
winds, freezing temperature, wind-driven tides, and a little snow.
And on top of all that, there was a power outage late last night that lasted 44 minutes.
there were photos online of northern Outer Banks youngsters out
sledding this morning, the kids on Hatteras and Ocracoke missed out
on that fun – though Hatteras students did get a day off from school.
northern Outer Banks got up to a couple inches of snow. According
to the National Weather Service, an inch was measured in Duck and 1.5
inches in Manns Harbor.
There was enough snow to cover Highway
12 with a light dusting, and folks in the tri-villages on northern
Hatteras had a light coating of crunchy white stuff on the grass this
On southern Hatteras, there were snow flurries
overnight, but unless you were in a more protected area, there was no sign of
any snow on the grass and decks this morning.
A line of
thunderstorms came through Hatteras last night ahead of the front with
strong winds and loud thunder. At times, the wind was blowing so
hard, it was hard to tell the difference between the noise of the gusty
winds and the thunder.
The official highest wind gust at Billy
Mitchell airport was 43 mph from the northwest, but gusts were measured
in Hatteras village up to 54 mph.
The tide came up in the Pamlico Sound on southern Hatteras, but not enough to cause any major headaches.
After the thunderstorms moved out over the ocean, the temperature started dropping.
At 10:37 p.m., the power went out on Hatteras and Ocracoke.
The outage was caused by a transmission line failure on Dominion Power’s lines north of the Bonner Bridge.
Power was restored at 11:19 just as the temperatures were approaching freezing.
was cancelled in Dare County and mainland Hyde County today, but
Ocracoke schools were open. Hyde County government offices on the
mainland were closed because of the icy roads, but Dare County offices
The temperatures are forecast to rise into the
upper 30s tomorrow, then take another dive tomorrow night with a
clipper system on Thursday night.
The long-range forecast for the next week is for below normal temperatures.