Maximum wind gusts up to 49 mph and minor coastal flooding could accompany an end-of-week storm that is expected to bring snowfall to mainland North Carolina, per a Tuesday afternoon update from the National Weather Service Newport / Morehead City office.
The primary concern for Hatteras and Ocracoke islands with the approaching storm is strong winds, rough seas, and possible flooding.
NNE gale-force winds are likely Thursday night into Friday, as an area of low pressure lifts along the N.C. coast. There is the potential for minor water level rises for areas adjacent to the southern Pamlico Sound on Thursday night and Friday, and minor soundside flooding and ocean overwash are possible.
Though confidence is low that the Outer Banks will see significant snowfall from this storm, up to 2 inches of snow is possible for inland N.C., and the coastline will see temperatures in the high 30s on Thursday and Friday. Hazardous travel due to slushy spots on secondary roads, bridges and overpasses is possible throughout North Carolina.
A small craft advisory is in effect from 5 a.m. on Wednesday until 10 p.m. on Friday.
The storm is expected to have its greatest impacts on Thursday night and Friday. The Island Free Press will continue to post updates as soon as they are available.
For more information on the local forecast, visit www.weather.gov/mhx for weather information, or the National Weather Service office in Newport / Morehead City’s Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/NWSMoreheadCity/