NWS Snowfall Forecast

The National Weather Service forecasts an increasing chance of snowfall for eastern North Carolina, including Carteret County. (NWS graphic)

This article was updated at 10:30 a.m. Thursday, Feb. 20, 2020.

NEWPORT — The National Weather Service forecasts rainfall in Carteret County will change over to snowfall Thursday night around 11 p.m.

The NWS weather forecasting office in Newport issued an updated winter weather briefing at 7 a.m. Thursday. According to the update, Carteret County is likely to see 1-2 inches of snowfall late Thursday through early Friday. The heaviest snowfall is forecast Thursday night; potential effects include reduced visibility, sticky, heavy snow and whiteout conditions possible closer to the coast.

Other potential effects from the winter weather include icy or snow-covered roads throughout most of eastern North Carolina, impacting travel and the Friday morning commute. Water levels Down East and areas along the lower Neuse River may rise 1-2 feet above dry ground.

Rough seas and gale force winds are also possible Thursday afternoon through Friday afternoon for all coastal waters and most sounds and inland rivers. A few scattered power outages or small tree limbs being brought down are possible along the Outer Banks and in snow covered coastal locations.

Carteret County Emergency Service personnel are also monitoring the winter storm, according to a Thursday press release from the department. Residents are advised to take the following precautions:

  • Keep your radio or television tuned to a local station to keep informed of current weather conditions.
  • Be prepared for isolation at home by keeping adequate supplies of heating fuel, nonperishable food, water, flashlights with extra batteries, first aid supplies, extra blankets and a battery-powered radio. A fire extinguisher is also recommended, in case the help of a fire department is not available.
  • Keep some kind of emergency heating equipment and fuel on hand so you can keep at least one room of your house livable in case your power is off. Keep the room ventilated to avoid the buildup of toxic fumes.
  • Stay indoors as much as possible. If you must go outdoors, dress warmly, in loose-fitting, layered, lightweight clothing. Your outer garment should be water repellent.
  • Avoid driving if you can. If you must use your car, make sure it is in good
    working condition and filled with gas. Keep emergency supplies in the car, such as a shovel, extra gloves and hats, a blanket, a flashlight with extra batteries, food, a towrope or chain and extra money. Travel by daylight and use major roadways whenever possible. Most importantly, drive with extreme caution.

Previous report

NEWPORT — The chance of snowfall occurring late Thursday into early Friday has increased, according to the National Weather Service.

The NWS Weather Forecasting Office in Newport issued an updated briefing Wednesday afternoon on the forecast winter weather. According to the briefing, a winter storm watch and a winter weather advisory have been issued, and confidence is high the event will occur, with medium affects expected.

The NWS said Thursday night through rush hour Friday morning is the period when the greatest affect will occur; the highest affects are expected near and west of Highway 17.

A coating of up to 3-inches of snow is possible through most of eastern North Carolina, especially on grassy and raised surfaces. Some slush is possible on secondary roads, overpasses, bridges and sidewalks as well. In the Down East area of Carteret County, elevated water levels and minor inundation (1-2 feet above dry ground) are possible in low-lying areas near the southern end of the Pamlico Sound and along the lower Neuse River.

Rough seas and strong wind gusts are forecast for all coastal waters Thursday through Friday. Hazardous conditions for small craft are expected early Thursday, increasing to gales Thursday afternoon through Friday.

A few scattered power outages or small tree limbs being broken are possible along the Outer Banks Thursday through Friday. Northerly winds are forecast to cause water level rises.

Contact Mike Shutak at 252-726-7081 ext. 206, email mike@thenewstimes.com; or follow on Twitter at @mikesccnt.

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