A significant winter weather event could have adverse impacts on eastern North Carolina Tuesday through Wednesday (and possibly into Thursday). We will likely start out as mostly snow and sleet on Tuesday which then becomes a messy mixture of snow, sleet, freezing rain and rain as the event ends.
A WINTER STORM WARNING has been issued for Greene, Craven, Pamlico, Duplin, Jones, Onslow and Carteret counties beginning Tuesday morning at 10am. Snowfall accumulations of 2-4 inches are possible across parts of the WARNING area, and highest amounts should be across the southern counties. Some inland areas could experience up to a quarter inch of ice from freezing rain after the snow and sleet falls.
A WINTER WEATHER ADV ISORY is in effect for Pitt, Martin, Washington, Tyrrell, mainland Dare and Washington counties beginning Tuesday morning at 10am. Snowfall accumulations of 1-2 inches are possible in these areas with up to a quarter of an inch of ice from freezing rain after the snow and sleet falls.
The greatest impacts from this winter weather event will be treacherous roadways starting early Tuesday morning. Bridges and overpasses will become slick quickly once the wintery precipitation begins.
While snow and sleet could begin in the early morning hours on Tuesday, the significant impacts from snow and sleet will begin mid-morning as the intensity increases. By late afternoon into early evening the entire area may be impacted with significant snow and sleet accumulations. The commute home Tuesday afternoon and evening may be heavily impacted. Roads will continue to be impacted Tuesday night even though there could be a lull in the actual falling snow and sleet activity during the evening. A light wintery mix of snow, sleet and freezing rain may continue Tuesday night.
Precipitation will be on the increase Wednesday as the next wave of moisture rolls in. This wave is expected to be mainly in the form of freezing rain, sleet and rain. Coastal areas may see a brief period of freezing rain and sleet before transitioning over to rain. Inland areas may see an extended period of freezing rain and sleet, possibly lingering into the afternoon.
With temperatures warming above freezing and additional rainfall coming down, the snow and ice accumulations should begin to melt rapidly beginning Wednesday afternoon into Wednesday night. There could be some snow showers on Thursday as colder air wraps around the departing storm, but impacts are expected to be minimal at this time.
This is a complicated storm system so details are subject to change, but we will be in the StormTrack12 WeatherCenter to bring you all the latest tracking information to keep you and your family safe.