SNOW: Individual Forecasts for Beaufort, Down East, Merrimon as of 11 am Thursday

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Homes on Ann Street in Beaufort after the big snow of 2011. (Fred McCune photo)

READ OUR UPDATED STORYThis information is outdated as of 4 pm Thursday. The National Weather Service has decreased the amount of snow expected across the county, and accumulation is not expected in the furthest areas of Down East.

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The forecast for Eastern Carteret has taken a big turn since our snow discussion yesterday. Here’s a look at the weather forecast based on locations in the eastern part of the county. All of this information is directly based on National Weather Service data. You can also take a look at the local NWS latest weather briefing, and keep up with closings, alerts and information from officials here.

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Eastern Carteret Weather Advisories

Everywhere along and east of the Intracoastal Waterway (east of Morehead) plus Harlowe area. Morehead City isn’t in our forecast area but this section and the Beaufort section generally applies to it too.

The National Weather Service in Morehead City has issued the following advisories for the Eastern Carteret area:

  • Winter Weather Advisory in effect from 10 pm tonight through 10 am Friday. Snow, high winds and slippery roads expected.
  • Wind Advisory in effect from 7 pm tonight until 1 pm Friday. North winds 30-40 mph with gusts up to 50. This advisory reflects the worst winds expected in Eastern Carteret – Cedar Island. Forecasts show lesser winds for the rest of the area – more like 25-30 mph and gusts over 35.
  • Coastal Flood Advisory in effect from 7 pm tonight through 7 pm Friday for areas along the Pamlico Sound and adjacent creeks. 1-2 feet of inundation above normally dry ground expected, potential for some road closures.

Beaufort

Includes town of Beaufort north toward Laurel Road. Timing is slightly earlier the more north you go.

Summary

1.5 to 2.5 inches of snow/sleet accumulation is possible between 2 and 9 am Friday. Roads will be icy. Very windy Friday morning. Temps will plunge into the 20s Friday night, so any rain still on the roads could freeze.

Detail

National Weather Service forecast as of 10 am Thursday for Beaufort north to Laurel Road area. Accurate through 6 pm Thursday.

Today

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  • Expect .5 to .75 inches of rain
  • Wind will pick up to around 20 mph, gusting up to 30 mph.
  • Temperatures falling to 42 degrees by 5 pm

Tonight (Thurs into Friday morning)

  • Rain and sleet before 2 am
  • Snow and sleet between 2 and 3 am
  • Snow after 3 am with frozen precipitation accumulation of 1-2 inches possible
  • North wind around 22 mph with gusts up to about 30
  • Low temperature just below freezing

Friday

  • Snow likely, mixing with rain around 9 am. New accumulation of snow less than half an inch.
  • Winds around 20 mph, gusts near 35 mph
  • High temperature near 38 degrees

Friday Night

  • No precipitation
  • Low temperature in mid 20s
  • Wind gradually weakening

Bettie – Harkers Island – Smyrna Area

This includes Otway, Straits, Gloucester, Marshallberg, and Williston. Slightly more action expected in the north of this area with less snow expected on the island.

Summary

1.5 to 2.5 inches of snow/sleet accumulation is possible between 2 and 9 am Friday. Roads will be icy. Very windy Friday morning with gusts nearing 40 mph. Temps will dip below 30 Friday night, so any rain still on the roads could freeze.

Detail

National Weather Service forecast as of 10 am Thursday for Bettie – Harkers Island – Smyrna area and immediate surrounding area. Accurate through 6 pm Thursday.

Today

  • Expect .5 to .75 inches of rain
  • Wind will pick up to around 25 mph, gusting up to about 35 mph.
  • Temperatures falling to 42 degrees by 5 pm

Tonight (Thurs into Friday morning)

  • Rain and sleet before 2 am
  • Snow and sleet between 2 and 3 am
  • Snow after 3 am with frozen precipitation accumulation of 1-2 inches possible
  • North wind around 26 mph with gusts up to about 35
  • Low temperature just below freezing

Friday

  • Snow likely, mixing with rain around 9 am. New accumulation of snow less than half an inch.
  • Winds around 22 mph, gusts near 37 mph
  • High temperature near 38 degrees

Friday Night

  • No precipitation
  • Low temperature in mid-upper 20s
  • Wind gradually weakening, but still gusting over 20 mph

Davis – Atlantic – Cedar Island Area

This includes Stacy and Sealevel. Slightly more snow action expected toward Davis, and slightly less toward Cedar Island, yet the island will experience higher winds.

Summary

Around one inch of snow/sleet accumulation is possible between 3 and 8 am Friday. Temps will settle around 34 Friday night. Roads – especially bridges – will probably be icy despite the temperature due to slushy accumulation and wind chill. Very windy Friday morning with gusts over 40 mph.

Detail

National Weather Service forecast as of 10 am Thursday for Davis – Atlantic – Cedar Island and immediate surrounding area. Accurate through 6 pm Thursday.

Today

  • Expect .5 to .75 inches of rain
  • Wind will pick up to more than 25 mph, gusting up to about 40 mph.
  • Temperatures falling to 43 degrees by 5 pm

Tonight (Thurs into Friday morning)

  • Rain before 3 am
  • Snow and rain between 3 and 4 am
  • Snow after 4 am with frozen precipitation accumulation of less than one inch possible
  • North wind around 30 mph with gusts up to about 40
  • Low temperature around 34 degrees
  • Coastal flooding with 1-2 feet of inundation above normally dry ground expected at Cedar Island, potential for some road closures. Timing 7 pm tonight through 7 pm Friday.

Friday

  • Snow likely, mixing with rain around 8 am. New accumulation of snow less than half an inch.
  • Winds around 26 mph, gusts over 40 mph
  • High temperature near 38 degrees

Friday Night

  • No precipitation
  • Low temperature about 32 degrees
  • Wind gradually weakening, but still gusting over 25 mph

Merrimon – South River

Including Harlowe, Sea Gate and along Adams Creek since the only forecast difference is timing. Timing is about one hour later for those areas.

Summary

These areas will see snow the earliest, possibly before midnight. About 1.5-2.5 inches of snow accumulation is possible. Roads will be icy, especially bridges. Windy Friday morning with gusts over 30 mph. Temps will plunge into the mid-20s Friday night, so any rain still on the roads could freeze.

Detail

National Weather Service forecast as of 10 am Thursday for Merrimon – South River and areas to the southwest toward Harlowe. Accurate through 6 pm Thursday.

Today

  • Expect .5 to .75 inches of rain
  • Wind will pick up to more than 20 mph, gusting up to over 30 mph.
  • Temperatures falling to 41 degrees by 5 pm

Tonight (Thurs into Friday morning)

  • Rain and sleet before midnight
  • Sleet between midnight and 2 am
  • Snow after 2 am with frozen precipitation accumulation of 1-2 inches possible
  • North wind around 25 mph with gusts up to about 32
  • Low temperature around 32 degrees
  • Coastal flooding with 1-2 feet of inundation above normally dry ground expected for areas on the Pamlico and its creeks. Timing 7 pm tonight through 7 pm Friday.

Friday

  • Snow likely, possibly mixing with rain around 10 am. New accumulation of snow less than half an inch.
  • Winds around 20 mph, gusts over 32 mph
  • High temperature near 38 degrees

Friday Night

  • No precipitation
  • Low temperature about 26 degrees
  • Wind gradually weakening, but still gusting over 20 mph