It’s the end of February and winter finally decided to show up. We know for certain that temperatures throughout the county will be dropping throughout today, Wednesday, and will eventually dip below freezing early Saturday morning.
But, will we see snow? As is usually the case with Carteret County, the answer is possibly yes and possibly no. And even if it does snow, it’ll happen in the middle of the night and mostly likely won’t stick. Sorry, kids.
First off, the biggest impacts of this weather event will be felt Thursday night into Friday morning. Windy conditions will last through much of Friday.
If you live in more northern areas of the county, like Newport or Merrimon, you have a decent chance of seeing some snow — most likely less than an inch.
The further south and east you go, the less likely any freezing precipitation is.
Morehead, Atlantic Beach, Beaufort and Down East areas west of Harkers Island Road are solidly in the “maybe, maybe not, but mixed precipitation is possible” area.
If you live further Down East, you’re probably just going to get very cold rain.
Not exactly a satisfying answer. However, the National Weather Service has issued a “reasonable worst case scenario” which says there’s a 10 percent chance the entire county will see at least some snow.
On the other end, NWS forecasters say some weather models still show no snow all all, but those seem to be in the minority at this point.
Either way, don’t assume “no snow” means “not really a storm.” The entire county will see around an inch of precipitation no matter what form it comes in.
Then there’s the wind. Forecasters are calling for wind gusts up to 40 mph for Beaufort, Merrimon, and most of Down East with gusts up to 35 mph in the Morehead City area and up to 30 mph in Newport and Cape Carteret.
Atlantic and Sealevel could see gusts up to 40 mph, and Cedar Island may experience gusts in excess of 45 mph. No wind advisories had been issued as of 1 pm today.
That north-northeast wind adds another hazard for folks who live on the water near the Pamlico Sound – coastal flooding. No flood advisories had been issued by 1 pm, but northwest winds could push water inland.