Snow Potential Shrinks; Coastal Flooding Threat Increases

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The forecast for Eastern Carteret has taken a big turn since our story earlier. As of 4 pm, It is now more similar to our snow discussion yesterday. Snow and wind have been dialed down, but flooding looks a bit worse. 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.

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.

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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 4 pm Friday. North winds 25-35 mph with gusts nearing 40. This advisory reflects the worst winds expected in Eastern Carteret – Cedar Island. Forecasts show lesser winds for the rest of the area.
  • Coastal Flood Advisory in effect from 7 pm tonight through 7 pm Friday for areas near the Pamlico Sound, Back Sound and Core Sound. 1-2 feet of inundation above normally dry ground expected, with higher amounts possible in Cedar Island and Atlantic. Potential for some road closures. Areas near North River and Taylors Creek may see minor flooding.

Beaufort

Includes town of Beaufort north toward Laurel Road. Timing is earlier the more north you go, about an hour earlier near Laurel/101 intersection.

Summary

Less than one inch of snow accumulation is possible. Gusty winds will stick around through Friday. Some minor flooding is possible on the waterfronts. The temperature will hover just above freezing, and roads may be slippery.

Detail

Tonight

  • Rain before 5 am, then rain and snow likely with accumulation less than half an inch for Beaufort itself, but potentially up to an inch as you move north.
  • North wind around 22 mph with gusts up to about 30
  • Low temperature around 34
  • Minor Coastal Flooding is possible near Taylor’s Creek and North River.

Friday

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  • Snow and rain likely before 9 am. New accumulation of snow less than half an inch.
  • Winds around 20 mph, gusts over 30 mph
  • High temperature near 40 degrees
  • Minor Coastal Flooding is possible near Taylor’s Creek and North River.

Friday Night

  • No precipitation
  • Temperature will drop below freezing
  • Wind gradually weakening, but still gusting more than 20 mph

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

Some snow and rain is expected but little to no accumulation will occur. Windy Friday morning with gusts over 30 mph. Temps will dip below freezing Friday night, so any rain still on the roads could freeze.

Detail

Tonight

  • Rain with new precipitation amounts of .75 to 1 inch.
  • North wind around 24 mph with gusts up to about 33
  • Low temperature of 34 degrees

Friday

  • Snow and rain likely before 9 am. Little to no accumulation is expected.
  • Winds around 23 mph, gusts near 33 mph
  • High temperature near 40 degrees

Friday Night

  • No precipitation
  • Bemperature below freezing
  • 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 less toward Cedar Island, yet the island will experience higher winds.

Summary

Snow predictions have dropped off significantly, and little to no accumulation is expected. Temps will settle around 34 Friday night. Roads – especially bridges – may be slippery Friday morning. Very windy Friday with gusts up to 40 mph.

Detail

Tonight

  • No snow expected overnight
  • Wind will pick up to more than 25 mph, gusting up to mid 30s.
  • Temperature will bottom out at 34 degrees
  • Coastal flooding with 2-3 feet of inundation above normally dry ground expected at Cedar Island, Atlantic and Sealevel, and 1-2 feet potential for areas further south. Potential for some road closures. Timing 7 pm tonight through 7 pm Friday.

Friday

  • Snow and rain likely before 9 am, then turning to rain. Little to no accumulation expected.
  • Winds around 25 mph, gusts nearing 40 mph
  • High temperature near 38 degrees
  • See flooding info above.

Friday Night

  • No precipitation
  • Low temperature about 28 degrees
  • Wind gradually weakening, but still gusting 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 earlier for those areas.

Summary

About 1-2 inches of snow accumulation is possible. Roads may be icy, especially bridges. Windy Friday morning with gusts over 30 mph. Temps will be below freezing Friday night, so any rain still on the roads could freeze.

Detail

Tonight

  • Rain before 4 am, then rain and snow likely. Accumulation of 1-2 inches possible. Harlowe and Core Creek areas may see some snow and rain mixed before 2 am.
  • North wind around 22 mph with gusts up to about 31
  • Low temperature around 33 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

  • Chance of snow and rain before 10 am. New snow accumulation less than half an inch.
  • Winds around 20 mph, gusts over 30 mph
  • High temperature near 39 degrees

Friday Night

  • No precipitation
  • Temperature below freezing
  • Wind gradually weakening, but still gusting over 20 mph