Black ice main concern after surprise overnight snowfall

EASTERN CAROLINA - We are waking up this Friday morning with parts of Eastern Carolina having received a surprise accumulation of snow.

Areas along and east of Highway 17 appear to have gotten the most snow. Craven, Jones, Pamlico, and Onslow counties were where the heaviest accumulation are being measured. Whortonsville in Pamlico County has 2", New Bern in Craven County had about 1 ½", and Richlands in Onslow County just over 1". Meanwhile areas further northwest and even closer to the coast saw less than a dusting.

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The snow has moved off the coast as of 4 a.m. while temperatures are hanging just at freezing, the next couple hours until dawn as the clouds begin to break we could see temperatures drop briefly below freezing. So while the main roads are mostly just wet because ground temperatures continue above freezing, black ice could be a problem on bridges and over passes. This threat will end by 9 a.m. as air temperatures will get and remain above freezing for the remainder of our Friday.

A weak weather system tracked off our coast late Thursday night. Because of the way the jet steam was configured as moderate precipitation started to fall we actually cooled the atmosphere from the top down. This is why we were getting accumulating snow while our temperatures were just above freezing.


Snow started falling in parts of Eastern North Carolina a little bit before 10:30 Thursday night.

StormTrack 12 Chief Meteorologist Skip Waters says it is a fast-moving area of moisture.  He says it will stay mainly south of Highway 70.  Skip warns of possible black ice on the roads as car pack down what is accumulating.

Viewers have reported big, fat snowflakes falling in New Bern, Pollocksville, Newport, Trenton, Pink Hill, Jacksonville, and Richlands.  It is accumulating on grassy areas and vehicles.

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