NEWPORT — Coastal residents should bring in their pets and their potted plants, because it’s going to get down to freezing temperatures again Wednesday evening.
Carteret County saw a light dusting of snow Tuesday night as temperatures dropped to the 20s. The National Weather Service office in Newport issued a freeze warning Monday night that ran from 3 a.m. until 8 a.m. Wednesday morning. That warning was re-issued at 7:29 a.m. Wednesday to 9 a.m. Thursday, with another freeze expected.
Brian Cullen, meteorologist with the NWS Newport office, said Newport recorded a snowfall of about 1/10 of an inch Tuesday night. According to NWS reports with data taken from the Michael J. Smith Field in Beaufort, the observation point used for the majority of Carteret County, the temperature around that time, with the wind chill factor, ranged from 28 to 25 degrees, due to northerly winds ranging from 12 to 16 mph with gusts between 21-25 mph.
“We’re telling people to take in their pets and house plants,” said Tom Lonka, NWS meteorologist in the Newport office, on Tuesday, “and to cover any sensitive vegetation. Pipes freezing shouldn’t be a problem.”
The reason for this sharp drop is an arctic air mass that came down Tuesday from Canada. A cold front moved over the coast that day, and brought a high pressure system behind it that pulled down cold air from the north.
The NWS had a wind advisory in effect for the coast from Cape Lookout north from 4 p.m. Tuesday until noon Wednesday. A coastal flood advisory was in effect for the eastern portions of Carteret County, also from 4 p.m., Tuesday until noon Wednesday.
A cold snap like this is fairly unusual for Carteret County at this time of year. Mr. Lonka said Tuesday while a drop in temperatures this sharp in mid-November isn’t common for Carteret County it’s not unheard of.
“Normal highs are usually in the mid to upper 60s (this time of year),” he said. “Normal lows are in the 40s.”
The record low temperature for Carteret County on Nov. 12 is 27 degrees, set in 1973. The record low for Nov. 13 is 26 degrees, set in 1963.
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