January 18, 2018

Islanders Wake Up to Icy Winter Wonderland


Though the forecasted winter weather was a little late arriving to the Outer Banks, it certainly made an impact to the local landscape, as islanders woke up on Thursday morning to a blanket of snow.

On Hatteras and Ocracoke islands, the southern regions appeared to get the brunt of the snowfall, with some residents reporting 3 inches or more of snow in Ocracoke and Hatteras village.  

Ferry Service was suspended Thursday morning on Ocracoke Island, however the Hatteras-Ocracoke ferry route will be resuming service with the 11 a.m. departure from Hatteras and the 12:30 p.m. departure from Ocracoke, per the N.C.
Ferry System.

Up the beach, the National Weather Service is reporting that some regions of the Outer Banks, (particularly Nags Head and areas north), received roughly 10” of snow, with localized drifts caused by the overnight wind gusts measuring even higher.

“The Outer Banks appear to be the big ‘winner’ with this event,” said the NWS Newport / Morehead City Office in a social media post. “We are getting reports of 10" or more in those areas”

Dare County Schools were closed on Thursday due to the storm, and all county offices and facilities were closed for the day as well, per a Thursday morning county update.

Dare County Public Works has also cancelled garbage collection for Thursday.

Roads throughout Dare County are covered with snow and ice, and travel today should be avoided if possible. Islanders who need to be out on the roads should remember to take it slow, allow extra time to reach their destination, and give NCDOT crews plenty of space to work.

The snow won’t hang around like it did in the previous January storm. With temperatures expected to climb above freezing this afternoon, and to reach the 50s by the weekend, the snow will likely disappear within a day or so.

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/.



1-3 Inches of Snow Headed to Hatteras and Ocracoke Islands
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

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