Islanders were treated to an unexpected visitor on New Year’s Eve – a dusting of snow.
Light flurries began at around 9 p.m. for most of
the island on Sunday night, and continued into Monday morning with
minimal accumulation on the ground. As of Monday morning, N.C. Highway
12 was traversable, with no accumulating ice or snow on the road.
The New Year’s snow marked the beginning of what
is expected to be a cold week on the islands, with temperatures
expected to remain in the 30s for the next few days.
Starting on Sunday night, Hatteras and Ocracoke
Islands will have have lows in the 20s for a good portion of the week.
After a brief break where temperatures "warm" into the mid to upper 30s
on Wednesday and Thursday, a second round of cold weather will return
starting on Thursday night.
The National Weather Service Newport / Morehead
City office also reports that computer models have been showing a
potential large storm in the ocean for several days now.
While most of the storm itself will be well
removed from the coastal area, over the past 48 hours, the trend has
been slightly farther west which would result in the Hatteras and
Ocracoke island areas being brushed by the far western edge of the
storm. Though this may change, islanders should be aware that a
winter weather event is possible, with potential snow starting
Wednesday afternoon and lasting until Wednesday night.
For more information, visit www.weather.gov/mhx
for weather forecast information, or the National Weather Service
office in Newport / Morehead City’s Facebook page, https://www.facebook.com/NWSMoreheadCity/.
The Island Free Press will continue to post updates on the potential storm and future snowfall as soon as they are available.