NEW BERN, Craven County - A light wintry mix has started falling across inland areas early Monday morning. Temperatures west of Highway 17 are below freezing.
This creates a situation where what falls as liquid rain will freeze on contact with the below freezing surfaces such as cars and especially elevated road surfaces such as bridges. This will continue until mid-morning when warmer air sweeps in from the southeast.
FREEZING RAIN ADVISORY'S FOR: Duplin, Greene, Lenoir, Martin and Pitt from 4am Monday until 1pm Monday.
FREEZING RAIN ADVISORY'S FOR: Beaufort, Craven, Jones and Washington counties from 4am Monday until 10am Monday
The next wintry system will impact us early Monday morning and have an impact on the morning commute. The wintry duration of this system will be short lived. This will mainly be for areas west of highway 17. Areas east of highway 17 will see little to no wintry impacts.
Precipitation will be limited in coverage, but will arrive anywhere between 3-5 a.m. This will start off as a mix of sleet or snow for Duplin, Lenoir, Greene, and Pitt counties. This could reach as far east as northwestern Onslow, Jones, and Craven counties.
Any snow will quickly turn over to sleet or freezing rain as temperatures above the surface begin to warm. The ground will be cold enough to allow the rain to freeze on road surfaces.
Any wintry weather will turn over to rain, from south to north, from 7-10 a.m. This will be a plain rain event after that. Rain will be scattered through Monday.
This will not be a full blown winter event as precipitation will be light and pretty limited. Even with light precipitation, it does not take much in the way of freezing rain to cause hazardous travel conditions. Roads will become slippery as precipitation begins early Monday morning.
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