Winter weather coming; snow possible

Published 1:28 pm Wednesday, February 19, 2020

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A winter coastal storm is expected to impact the Outer Banks Thursday night and Friday morning.

For offshore and Pamlico Sound waters, a small craft warning is now in effect. A Gale Watch kicks in Thursday afternoon through Friday afternoon. Very rough waters are expected.

High surf is predicted north of Cape Hatteras. Potential for minor coastal flooding exists along southern Pamlico Sound.

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North to north northeast winds are forecast to blow up to 35 miles per hour with gusts to 46.

These winds are predicted to dwindle by Saturday morning and shift northwest Saturday night.

As to snow, the National Weather Service writes, as of 8:05 a.m. Wednesday morning, “the forecast is still fluid.”

The official forecast calls for one to two inches of snow west of Hwy. 17, less than an inch in Duck, Manteo, Columbia and Engelhard, and none on Hatteras and Ocracoke Islands. West of Hwy. 17, snow is expected 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday evening; 8 to 11 p.m. in Columbia and Aurora; and after midnight or not at all along the Inner and Outer Banks.



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