Snow system departs Eastern Carolina
Updated On: Feb 17 2013 12:10:03 AM CST
Snowfall is expected to end in Eastern Carolina in the early morning hours of Sunday morning, as the storm system moves from west to east. But dangerous driving conditions and gusting winds are still a concern.
Bertie, Martin and Western Pitt Counties saw the most snow, with Farmville getting more than three inches.
Meanwhile, residents in coastal areas saw only a light dusting.
A Winter Weather Advisory is in effect for all of Eastern Carolina until 9 a.m. Sunday. The advisory means that periods of snow will cause primarily travel difficulties. Drivers should be prepared for snow covered roads and limited visibilities.
With below-freezing temperatures overnight, it will be dangerous to drive across bridges and overpasses across Eastern Carolina, as they will freeze first.
The North Carolina Department of Transportation has not reported any major road closings because of the inclement weather. The department has sent out crews to take care of the snow. To get real-time information on road conditions, you can do the following:
- Call 511, the NCDOT's toll-free travel information line
- Visit NCDOT's travel webpage to see live traffic camera images and access road conditions by region, route or county
- Use NCDOT Mobile, the mobile version of the NCDOT's website
- Follow NCDOT on Facebook and Twitter
In addition, it;s expected to be windy overnight, with speeds between 20 to 25 m.p.h., and gusts close to 30 m.p.h
The snow are expected to be melting away by Sunday afternoon.
Snow is in the forecast for eastern North Carolina as we move through Saturday afternoon and evening, but will taper off overnight into Sunday morning.
A complicated weather pattern has an impulse of rain approaching the East during the day Saturday as another system tries to get wound up off the coast.
Rain is expected to develop across the inland areas (west of US 17) on Saturday, during late morning and early afternoon. As the rain moves across from west to east, cold air will quickly rush into the area, causing the rain to mix with snow by afternoon and become all snow by early evening (7 p.m.). The snow will end from west to east through the late night.
At this point in time, I am alerting you to the potential for up to two to three inches of snow across some of the deep inland locations, from Greenville to Kinston to Kenansville. I say "potential" because the exact track of the snow maker and the results of its interaction with another storm, developing just offshore, are still uncertain.
If the system offshore does not come into play (stays too far offshore), then only light snow will occur along the beaches and sound front counties. If the system offshore begins to pull some moisture off the ocean back toward the mainland, then snowfall amounts could be significantly higher.
For now, pending major changes in our computer forecast models, the highest snowfall amounts should be deep inland in the areas mentioned above, with one to two inches along the U.S. 17 corridor, from Washington to New Bern to the west side of Jacksonville/Onslow County. There should be half to one inch of snow from U.S. 17 East, across Beaufort, Craven, western Carteret and eastern Onslow Counties, with a dusting to half an inch east of that. The snow should end overnight.
There is a good one to three inches of water aloft that could become snow, so it will likely come down pretty hard. But it will fall into above-freezing temperatures so it will be hard to get it to stick. That changes as we move into the evening and temperatures drop to near freezing and then below freezing in the overnight hours. That's when we would see the accumulations.
Bear in mind that bridges and overpasses will see the snow stick before most of the rest of the terrain, so travel could be hazardous for much of the mid to late afternoon. Hazardous travel is likely for the evening, overnight and early Sunday morning.
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