February 11, 2014

It's snowing on Hatteras and Ocracoke!


It's been snowing all day on Hatteras and Ocracoke islands. It's a wet, heavy snow with big, fat flakes falling – and not too much wind, so you can actually watch them fall.

Also the wind isn't blowing the snow into drifts as it usually does out here, leaving some areas bare and others with several feet.

It's evenly coating the decks, roofs, grassy areas, and roads, and it's especially lovely on the cedars and live oaks and various shrubs and plants.

Youngsters have been sledding, homeowners have been shoveling steps, and snowmen began appearing this afternoon – including one entire "snow family" in Frisco.

However, the snow will be but a memory by this time tomorrow.

The temperature has hovered at freezing all day, but it will warm up tonight as another low pressure forms and approaches from the south.

The National Weather Service in Newport, N.C., changed a winter weather advisory to a winter storm warning this morning. About 2 to 4 inches of snow is forecast for Hatteras and Ocracoke – perhaps slightly more on Ocracoke.

Meteorologist Bob Frederick with the NWS says snow will taper off this evening along the Outer Banks.

After the low forms and starts moving up the coast overnight, the precipitation will become heavier again overnight and will begin as a mix of snow, sleet, and freezing rain.

By morning, however, it will start changing over to all rain.

Frederick said that on the southern Outer Banks, the temperature is forecast to be 38 by 9 a.m. and up to 47 by noon.

The rain will be heavy at times, he said, Wednesday afternoon and evening and will taper off on Thursday morning. The area could get 1 to 2 inches of rain.

Winds are brisk, but not really blowing all that hard. They will be east-northeast at 20 to 30 mph tonight and tomorrow and may switch to east-southeast tomorrow night before going to the west-northwest at only 15 to 25 mph on Thursday. There are no coastal flood watches or warnings.

Schools were dismissed early today, and county offices and some National Park Service facilities also closed early. As of this evening, there have been no news releases on whether the closures will continue tomorrow or they will be changed to late openings.

So enjoy the lovely snowy scenes. Snow on the beach isn't something we see all that often.


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