EASTERN CAROLINA - A Winter Storm Warning continues for Duplin, Greene, Lenoir, Martin, Pitt Counties until 9 p.m. Wednesday for an inch of snow and up to a tenth of an inch of ice.
But the Winter Storm Warning for Onslow, Jones, Pamlico, Beaufort, Washington, Tyrrell, and Craven Counties has been canceled.
A FLOOD WATCH has been issued for Onslow, Jones, Carteret, Pamlico, Beaufort, Washington, Tyrrell and Craven Counties. It will last until 4 a.m. Thursday.
Our winter storm is turning into a winter mess, as much of our snow and freezing rain have turned to plain rain. The rain will come down hard at times, but it will help to also melt the snow. With 1 to 2 inches of rain expected on top of what we have already seen, flooding is a possibility.
Snow, sleet and freezing rain have changed to all rain across all of Carteret, Craven, Jones Pamlico, Beaufort ,Washington, Hyde and Tyrrell Counties.
Sleet has changed over to freezing rain for Onslow, Duplin, Lenoir and parts of Greene Counties.
Meanwhile, Pitt, Martin, Edgecombe, and Bertie Counties are reporting snow changing to sleet. This will all change over to plan rain as we head into the evening the overnight hours as temperatures warm above freezing.
Wednesday evening through the overnight, any wintry weather will be confined to north of Highway 264 and west of Highway 17 that will transition to all rain. Otherwise, most areas will see heavy rain; 1 to 2 inches of rain are possible.
A low pressure storm system will continue to bring us rain as we get on the backside of it on Thursday, although the rain should not be quite as steady or heavy. We won't see sunshine until Friday.
A Winter Storm Warning has been extended for Beaufort, Craven, Jones, Onslow, Pamlico, Tyrrell, and Washington Counties until 4 p.m. Wednesday for an inch of snow and up to a tenth of an inch of ice.
A Winter Storm Warning has been extended for Duplin, Greene, Lenoir, Martin, Pitt Counties until 9 p.m. Wednesday for an inch of snow and up to a tenth of an inch of ice.
The first round of our Winter Storm Warning put down almost a foot of snow in some counties like Pamlico and Craven, with almost an inch of ice in southern Onslow and Carteret Counties. Wednesday, another strong storm system tracks into the area.
The low pressure storm system moving towards us is forming in the Gulf of Mexico. The exact storm track is still not certain. But for now, it appears the center of the storm will pass just east of Highway 17 across the sounds.
This will keep most of our area on the warm side of the storm. Expect an inch of additional heavy rain Wednesday on top of the snow. This means we could see some localized flooding. We are also tracking cold conditions Wednesday afternoon with gusty winds.
About 13 inches of snow were reported in Fairfield Harbour across the river from New Bern, and many locations around New Bern were reporting 10 inches of snow.
There is a broad swath of 4 to 8 inches of snow on the ground across western Hyde, southern Beaufort, southern Pitt, eastern and southern Lenoir, much of Jones and parts of Duplin Counties.
About 3 to 5 inches of snow are on the ground across western Onslow County. But from eastern Onslow County beaches up across the Crystal Coast beaches, there have been very little snow. Instead, there is an accrual of one-fourth to 1-and-a-half inches of ice on the ground (and power lines). It has been quite a day across Eastern Carolina.
Tuesday night, we are cloudy and cold with temperatures in the range of 28 to 32 degrees. It is not going to get any warmer. Wind chill values are in the teens and lower 20s so it is cold outside.
Towards daybreak on Wednesday, we will be looking at another storm that is moving up from the south and could be an even bigger weather maker for much of the East Coast, including central North Carolina. It will start off for us around daybreak with a band of sleet changing to snow across southern Duplin County into Pender County. It should be sleet, freezing rain or just rain over Onslow County.
As the morning progresses, the line will lift northward and change over to snow over the inland areas west of U.S. 17, but should change to all rain along the coast.
Totals are still coming in, but here are some rough estimates of the snow accumulation across Eastern Carolina.
Parts of Craven and Pamlico Counties have 10 to 13 inches of snow. Meanwhile, there are 6 to 10 inches for northern Onslow, Jones, Duplin, parts of Lenoir, and southern Pitt Counties. Wayne, Greene, Pitt, Martin, Edgecombe, Beaufort and Hyde Counties have 3 to 4 inches of accumulation. There are certain parts of Onslow, southern Jones and southern Craven Counties that have received 3 to 5 inches, with isolated 6 inches in some areas.
The snow is starting to taper off Tuesday evening from west to east. We will have a lull in the activity before more snow, sleet and freezing rain arrive Wednesday morning. By noon, we will see that all turn to plan rain.
A WINTER STORM WARNING is in effect through 11 a.m. Wednesday for Craven, Pamlico, Duplin, Jones, Onslow, Carteret, Beaufort, Hyde, and Greene Counties.
A WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY is in effect for Pitt, Martin, Tyrrell, and Washington Counties until 11 a.m. Wednesday.
Heavy snow and ice are still falling across most of Eastern Carolina late Tuesday afternoon, with the heavier snowfall amounts coming in waves of moisture moving from southwest to northeast.
While the snow didn't start in Greenville until around noon, it has now accumulated to 3 inches or more in some spots.
I am looking at a wave that is moving from Wayne and Lenoir Counties toward southern Pitt County, so Ayden, Grifton, Winterville, Shelmerdine, Backjack and Pactolus will experience some of the heaviest snow you've seen all day over the next 90 minutes.
The snow started around midnight over Pamlico and Craven Counties, where there have been numerous reports of 5 to 7 inches of snow from Oriental to Minnesott Beach to Grantsboro to New Bern. Snow and sleet are continuing to fall over much of Carteret and Onslow Counties, with lesser accumulations of snow but greater accumulations of ice (1/4 inch) than other parts of the East.
Snow and sleet will continue through the late afternoon and evening, and then eventually taper off by midnight.
Another round of snow and sleet will start us off on Wednesday, eventually changing to freezing rain and then rain by the late afternoon.
Heavy snow and ice will continue to fall over Eastern Carolina through 6 p.m. Tuesday. We have the potential of seeing up to 8 inches for parts of Pamlico, Craven, Jones, Duplin, and Beaufort Counties.
At least half an inch of ice is possible for coastal Jacksonville and Carteret Counties.
Gov. Pat McCrory said Tuesday he signed an emergency declaration, freeing state resources to react as needed.
A significant winter weather event could have adverse impacts on Eastern 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 Carteret, Craven, Duplin, Greene, Jones, Onslow and Pamlico, Washington, Green, Lenoir, and Hyde Counties beginning Tuesday at 10 a.m. Snowfall accumulations of 2 to 4 inches are possible across parts of the WARNING area, and the 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 ADVISORY will be in effect for mainland Martin, Pitt, and Tyrrell Counties beginning Tuesday at 10 a.m. Snowfall accumulations of 1 to 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 wintry 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 wintry 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 Weather Center to bring you all the latest tracking information to keep you and your family safe.
The National Weather Service has upgraded Eastern Carolina to a Winter Storm Warning.
A Winter Storm Warning means significant amounts of snow, sleet and ice are expected, making travel conditions very hazardous or impossible. The NWS is forecasting snow accumulations of 1 to 4 inches, along with one-quarter inch of ice.
The Winter Storm Warning will be in effect from 10 a.m. Tuesday to noon Wednesday and will affect the following counties-- Carteret, Craven, Duplin, Jones, Lenoir, Onslow and Pamlico Counties.
Cities that will be affected include Wallace, Warsaw, Rose Hill, Kenansville, Beulaville, Magnolia, Kinston, Maysville, Pollocksville, Trenton, New Bern, Havelock, Vanceboro, Oriental, Alliance, Bayboro, Arapahoe, Minnesott Beach, Vandemere, Stonewall, Morehead City, Beaufort, Emerald isle, Newport and Jacksonville.
According to the NWS, several waves of wintry weather are expected across the area. The first wave will be in the form of snow and sleet, which will affect southern portions of Eastern Carolina Tuesday morning into early Tuesday evening.
There may be a break in the precipitation Tuesday evening before another wave affects the area late Tuesday.
Roads, especially bridges and overpasses, will become treacherous on Tuesday and remain hazardous through Wednesday morning, the NWS warns. Wintry weather should transition to all rain by Wednesday afternoon, with road conditions improving.
The Winter Weather Watch that was previously issued will no longer be in effect.
A few inches of snow are expected to accumulate in Eastern Carolina, prompting the National Weather service to issue a Winter Storm Watch.
The watch will go into effect Tuesday at 10 a.m., and will last until 1 p.m. Wednesday.
The Winter Storm Watch is for counties south of Highway 264-- Beaufort, Carteret, Craven, Duplin, Dare (outer banks), Hyde (mainland and outer banks), Jones, Lenoir, Onslow and Pamlico Counties.
There will be a potential for light snow and/or sleet to develop across southern counties starting Monday night.
In general, 2 to 4 inches of snow accumulation is expected across Eastern Carolina, with 1 to 2 inches expected along and south of Highway 17. The snow will mix with sleet and freezing rain, and will move from south to north as Tuesday progresses.