EASTERN CAROLINA - We continue with a Winter Weather Advisory through 10 A.M. this morning mainly for the threat of black ice. Bridges and overpasses will the most susceptible to this, but caution will still need to be used on regular roads as road temperatures could drop below freezing in spots.
The storm that gave us a coasting to 2" of snow in the Albemarle Sound counties is pulling away from our coast this morning and skies will quickly clear by mid-morning. However don't expect temperatures to respond that much as we'll stay below freezing today. That means we'll likely break record low-high temperatures for today's date.
Wind chills will be the biggest factor along with blowing snow this morning as winds will continue to be 15 to 25 mph with gusts to 35 especially along the coast. This will make it feel like teens and single digits.
After enjoying a Tuesday of sunshine with temperatures in the mid to upper 60s, big changes will come our way Tuesday evening and overnight as a potent weather system moves quickly across Eastern Carolina.
Deepening low pressure will move northeast off the coast through early evening and push a strong arctic cold front south through the region. Scattered showers will develop late Tuesday afternoon and change to snow from northwest to southeast through the early evening.
• A Winter Weather Advisory has been issued for all of Eastern Carolina except for Carteret and Outer Banks Hyde Counties. The Winter Weather Advisory will be in effect from 7 p.m. Tuesday to 10 a.m. Wednesday. Snow accumulations of 1 to 2 inches can be expected along and north of Highway 264, with an inch or less to the south of that. As is many times the case with snowfall amounts, isolated higher amounts are certainly possible if heavier snow bands develop.
• A Wind Advisory has been issued for the Outer Banks from Tuesday evening through early Wednesday morning. Northwest winds of 25 to 35 mph with gusts around 45 mph are expected. Gale Warnings are in effect for the coastal waters Tuesday night into Wednesday for gusts 35 to 40 knots with seas building 10 to 15 feet, the highest being offshore of the northern Outer Banks.
• A Coastal Flood Advisory has also been issued for the sound-side of the Outer Banks later Tuesday evening into Wednesday morning. The gusty northwest winds will increase water levels up to 2 feet above normal over the sound side portion of the Outer Banks.
• Wind Chill values will be in the 0 to 10 degree range late Tuesday night into Wednesday morning.
Whether your snow accumulates or melts, the resultant moisture on roadways will freeze and cause significant travel problems late Tuesday night and early Wednesday for Eastern Carolina.
We are alerting you to a Winter Weather Advisory that was issued at about 4 a.m. Tuesday and will go into effect at 7 p.m.
The advisory is expected to last until 3 a.m. Wednesday and will affect the areas of Beaufort, mainland Dare, mainland Hyde, Martin, outer banks Dare, Pitt, Tyrrell, and Washington Counties.
Also, the National Weather Service in Newport/Morehead City has issued a Winter Weather Advisory for a period of snow. You can expect some of the following conditions:
* Accumulations: Snow accumulation of up to 1 inch.
* Timing: Early Tuesday evening until after midnight.
* Impacts: Hazardous driving with slick spots on area roads Wednesday morning.
* Winds: Northwest 15 to 25 mph with gusts up to 35 mph.
* Temperatures: About 30 degrees falling into the teens and low 20s by Wednesday morning.
* Wind Chill: As low as 8 degrees above.
A low pressure and its trailing cold front will move rapidly across the area Tuesday and off the northern Outer Banks Tuesday evening. Very cold air will spread across the region behind it. Rain Tuesday afternoon will change over to a mix of rain and snow early this evening, then change to all snow from mid-evening until after midnight.
The air is dry at the surface, so the moisture will likely fall and evaporate before hitting the ground in the onset of this winter storm. The moisture is also limited. However, half an inch to an inch of snow with bitterly cold temperatures can cause travels problems.