Erik Heden, warning coordination meteorologist for the National Weather Service Newport/Morehead City office, reviews in this video produced Thursday morning how much snow Eastern North Carolina will see, high winds and coastal flooding.
Portions of Eastern North Carolina could see as much as 4 to 6 inches of snow starting Thursday evening into Friday morning that is expected to cause hazardous travel conditions during the morning commute, per the 7 a.m. Thursday winter briefing from the National Weather Service Newport/Morehead City office.
Beginning Thursday evening through Friday morning, most of eastern North Carolina will experience snow, with sticky, heavy snow and whiteout conditions possible closer to the coast. Icy or snow-covered roads will likely affect travel during that time, according to the National Weather Service. The heaviest snowfall is expected overnight.
Down East Carteret County and areas along the lower Neuse River and parts of Ocracoke and Hatteras islands could experience coastal flooding. The National Weather Service forecasts that there could be elevated water and inundation about 1 to 2 feet above dry ground in low-lying areas near the southern end of the Pamlico Sound and along the lower Neuse River.
For mariners, all coastal waters and most sounds and inland rivers will likely experience rough seas and gale-force winds with stronger wind gusts Thursday afternoon through Friday afternoon.
On land, minor winds and a few scattered power outages or small limbs down are expected along the Outer Banks and snow-covered coastal locations.
Here’s a quick video update on the snow later today, how much we will see, and how winds may play an issue on our weather through Friday. https://t.co/tNNQZ4bfwC
— NWS Newport/Morehead (@NWSMoreheadCity) February 20, 2020