Winter weather expected along the Outer Banks on Friday
By IRENE NOLAN
weather is forecast for the Outer Banks -- and much of eastern North
Carolina -- on Friday as a cold air mass remains in place while an area
of low pressure over the southeastern states will strengthen and move
along the coast tomorrow.
Depending on the path of the low pressure, you could see 1 to 3 inches
of snow, or you could see just a touch of snow, along with sleet,
freezing rain, and rain. The chances for snow are higher on the
northern Outer Banks.
The National Weather Service in Newport/Morehead City this morning
issued a winter weather warning for Dare County Outer Banks and a
winter weather advisory for Hyde County Outer Banks. Both are in effect
from 7 a.m. until midnight on Friday
According to the warning, light precipitation will develop from south
to north across eastern North Carolina, beginning early tomorrow
morning continuing into late evening.
High temperatures will rise to about 40 on the Outer Banks today and
then fall into the upper 20s tonight. Tomorrow's highs are
forecast to be in the upper 30s to around 40 on southern Hatteras and
With cold air in place, precipitation is expected to fall in the form
of mostly snow over areas north of Highway 264 with a mixture of rain,
sleet, snow and freezing rain possible on the southern Outer Banks,
including Hatteras and Ocracoke.
The Weather Service said this afternoon that the precipitation will
start between 7 and 9 a.m. on southern Hatteras and Ocracoke as a
snow/sleet/freezing rain mix before transitioning to all rain and then
back to a wintry mix before ending in the early evening.
On the northern Outer Banks, precipitation will begin later -- between
9 and 11 a.m. as snow and transition to a sleet/freezing rain mix
before ending in the evening.
The Weather Service says that accumulations of snow and ice are likely,
especially over the northern areas Friday into Friday night and
dangerous travel conditions may develop.
A strong cold front will cross the Outer Banks on Friday night and
frigid Arctic air will plunge into the region for the weekend.
High temperatures are forecast to be slightly above freezing on
Saturday and mostly at or just below freezing on Sunday. Low
temperatures in the upper 20s are expected Saturday night and the low
20s Sunday night.
"The cold temperatures will be dangerous," warns Dare County Emergency
Management director Drew Pearson. "Bring pets indoors, protect water
pipes from freezing, and always dress for the weather with proper
winter outerwear to include hats, gloves, scarves, and warm socks if
you need to be outside."
Pearson also reminds islanders that cold temperatures also place high
demands on electrical service providers, which could lead to outages.
"Do your best to manage personal electrical use during this cold snap,"
he says. "Doing so may keep your neighborhood from going dark. If you
use space heaters at home, do so with safety in mind by ensuring fuel
burning units are properly ventilated and electric units are properly
Winds will pick up to the north and northwest behind the front and are
expected to peak on Saturday night at 20 to 25 mph with some gusts to
gale force -- well below the wind gusts we saw last Sunday.
Temperatures are expected to warm up on Monday with highs around 50, which is still below average for mid-February.
For updated forecasts and more information, go to the NWS website at www.weather.gov/mhx or the Newport/Morehead City Facebook Page.
Click here to see this afternoon's entire winter weather briefing from the National Weather Service.