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.