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Winter storm brings light flurries to Eastern Carolina

By WCTI Staff
Published On: Jan 18 2013 06:10:23 PM CST
EASTERN N.C. -

The winter storm system that dumped snow to several southern states brought just a few light flurries in Eastern Carolina.

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Our crew in Bethel, Pitt County, captured some light snow falling early Friday morning, as seen in the above video. But there was no accumulation.

NewsChannel 12 also checked the conditions further north, in Oak City, Martin County overnight. Our crew reported no snow in that area.

Things were also quiet in Jacksonville, Onslow County, as our reporter did not see any snowfall.

Other parts of North Carolina saw more snow. In the Triangle, snow accumulated on cars and grassy areas Friday morning. According to ABC affiliate WTVD, the amount of snow depended on how far north residents lived. In southern Wake County, there was little or no accumulation on roads. But in Durham, there were some slush in places. Areas like Person County, towards the Virginia border, saw much more significant amounts.

Further west in North Carolina, even more snow were being reported. According to ABC affiliate WSOC, Jefferson in Ashe County saw nine inches of snow; Avery in Avery County had seven inches; Beech Mountain in Watauga County had five inches; Boone in Watauga County saw five inches; Lenoir in Caldwell County had two inches; and Dallas in Gaston County had one inch of snow

Of note, the weekend forecast is looking really good, but we are expecting extremely cold air to arrive next week. Monday night’s low could be around 24 degrees. Tuesday’s high could be about 36 degrees and Tuesday night’s low could be about 20 degrees. We could have a hard freeze Monday night and anything in the shade might not thaw out on Tuesday, allowing for some pipe bursting cold (in uninsulated beach cottages, mobile homes and farm buildings) on Tuesday night. Use the good weather this weekend to prepare for the cold.