winter storm forecast for this weekend began with late Friday night and
early Saturday morning rain, followed with high winds and icy
temperatures. The winds and Arctic temperatures are expected to
continue into Sunday morning, causing minor water level rises on the
Outer Banks soundside from Buxton to Ocracoke.
According to a noon update from Rich Bandy, the
Meteorologist-in-Charge for the National Weather Service Forecast
Office in Newport/Morehead City, NC, sleet and freezing rain has been
“the predominate precipitation types all across the Eastern N.C. area
As of Saturday afternoon, the National Weather
Service expected mostly minor additional snow, sleet, and freezing rain
accumulations through the rest of the day, with the best chance for
additional accumulations in the northwestern area of the state.
Hatteras and Ocracoke saw little or no frozen precipitation.
Temperatures will drop quickly on Saturday night
and any wet surfaces will likely freeze soon after sunset. This will
make for treacherous driving conditions, especially on bridges and
overpasses overnight, and the bitterly cold temperatures will persist
through tomorrow night and beyond.
Temperatures are forecast to fall into the 20s on
Saturday and Sunday nights on Hatteras and Ocracoke, with wind chills
in the single digits early Sunday morning. During the day on Sunday,
the temperature is not expected to rise above freezing. The cold temps
will linger after the weekend, with wind chills in the teens forecast
for Monday morning on the islands.
There could still be some additional water level
rises, especially soundside on the Outer Banks and in Downeast Carteret
County through this evening that could cause some minor inundation in
low lying areas and some roadways.
Hatteras Island was quiet on Saturday morning and
afternoon, as many locals had preemptively moved their vehicles to
higher ground in case of coastal flooding. Winds were in the 20-30 mph
range for most of the day and are expected to remain strong into
Sunday. The highest gust in Frisco was 47 mph from the northwest just
after noon on Saturday.
While sound waters were rising to the top of
local bulkheads, there were no reports of soundside flooding yet as of
Saturday afternoon. Oceanside erosion was noted by several brave
beach-goers, and especially in already delicate areas, such as Ocean
View Drive in Avon.
Power outages due to ice on trees/lines and
breezy weather are still possible, and the extremely hazardous travel
conditions are expected to last all weekend. Travelers are urged to
call 511 or go to www.ncdot.org for up to date roadway conditions.
County is also listing cancellations for previously scheduled
activities, which can be found here:
more detailed forecast information, go to www.weather.gov/mhx/
High winds, Arctic temps, and threat of sound flooding still slated for weekend storm
Snow chances dwindle, but Arctic temps, high winds, minor flooding possible
Arctic Air Will Freeze The Coast But SnowIs Still A Question Mark