Locals coined a new term for the storm that
brought snow, high winds, and soundside flooding to Hatteras and
Ocracoke islands – a Snowicane. Islanders reported seeing iced-over
canal and sound waters overflowing into yards and side streets,
creating an extra cold soundside flooding event.
The winter storm that arrived late Wednesday
afternoon caused soundside flooding in a number of areas in the
southern Outer Banks. As of 8 a.m. on Thursday, soundside flooding was
reported in Frisco, Hatteras village, and Avon, with high winds still
reported throughout most of the Outer Banks.
The snowfall is winding down, although the
northern Outer Banks, (north of Oregon Inlet), could still see an
additional 1-1.5 inches of snow. On Hatteras and Ocracoke islands,
roughly 1-2 inches of snow was reported, however that number was often
hard to assess due to the flooding.
Wind gusts of 50-60 mph were also reported
overnight throughout the islands. The winds were still strong as of
Thursday morning, but had died down slightly to roughly 20-30 mph
sustained winds. Winds are forecast to remain relatively high
throughout the day.
The cold weather that is projected for the next
few days will keep the winter conditions here until at least Sunday, as
temperatures are not expected to get above freezing over the weekend.
Travelers should watch for ice and hazardous driving conditions
throughout the Outer Banks, and portions of Highway 12 in Frisco and
Hatteras village had been affected by soundside flooding.
NCDOT reports that crews are out working on the
roads as best they can, however, everyone should still minimize travel
per Drew Pearson, Director of Dare County Emergency Management.
Cape Hatteras Electric had outages in Frisco,
Hatteras, and Ocracoke earlier on Thursday morning, and have restored
all but the Hatteras Dock circuit.
Schools were closed on Thursday morning, as well
as county offices. Ferries were also suspended until travel conditions
allow operations to resume.
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 storm as soon as they are available.
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