Up to three inches of snow is now forecast for the islands,
per the Wednesday afternoon update from the National Weather Service Newport /
Morehead City office.
2-3 inches is forecast for all of Hatteras Island in the
latest briefing, and 1-2 inches is forecast for Ocracoke.
The transition from rain to snow is expected this evening
from west to east across the region, with hazardous travel conditions likely through
The timing of the transition to snow has been pushed back in
the latest briefing as well, with the changeover from rain to snow expected to
occur sometime between 9 p.m. and midnight.
Heavy snow and wind may cause whiteout conditions along the
coast tonight, and icy conditions will linger Thursday morning until temperatures
rise above freezing by mid-morning. Gale force winds and rough seas over the
waters are also forecast.
Dare County schools will be closed on Thursday, January 18,
as a result of the approaching winter storm.
All Dare County offices and facilities will be delayed until
11 a.m. on Thursday, January 18. Dare County Public Works will assess road
conditions on Thursday morning to determine whether service can safely be
provided for customers in Kitty Hawk, Colington, Buxton, Frisco and Hatteras
Village. Again, this will be contingent on road conditions and if provided,
pick-ups will be delayed.
All court sessions scheduled for Dare County on Thursday,
January 18 have been cancelled. New court dates will be set and notifications
for the new court dates will be mailed on Monday, January 22. If you have any
questions concerning a court date, you may call the Dare County Clerk of
Court’s Office at 252-475-5200 or check the web at http://www1.aoc.state.nc.us/www/calendars/CriminalQuery.html.
Dare County Transportation has also cancelled all scheduled
service for Thursday.
Hyde County Government Offices will open at 12 p.m. on
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/.
Snow Accumulation Forecast Increases to 2-4” in Latest NWS Briefing
Winter Weather Advisory Issued
Snow Forecast for Hatteras and Ocracoke Islands Starting Wednesday Afternoon
Light Snow Possible Beginning Wednesday Night