National Park Service (NPS)

NPS visitor services to close due to winter storm

Winter winds whip the waves at the Ocracoke beach. Photo by C. Leinbach

Winter winds whip the waves at the Ocracoke beach. Photo by C. Leinbach

Feb. 12, 2016  1:16 p.m.

In anticipation of a winter storm, the Outer Banks Group national park sites (Cape Hatteras National Seashore, Fort Raleigh National Historic Site, and Wright Brothers National), will close all visitor services including visitor centers and off road vehicle permit offices at 2 p.m. today.

The National Weather Service has issued a winter storm warning for the area.

According to the NOAA forecast, rain is expected mainly before 4 p.m. with areas of fog between 1 p.m. and 4 p.m. The high will be near 39 and wind will be out of the north wind 15 to 17 mph.

The chance of precipitation is 80 percent with new precipitation amounts between a tenth and quarter of an inch possible
Tonight, there’s a chance of rain and snow, mainly before 7 p.m. The early evening will be cloudy, then gradually clearing, with a low around 33.  The evening will be breezy, with a northwest wind 13 to 18 mph increasing to 19 to 24 mph after midnight. Chance of precipitation is 30 percent. Little or no snow accumulation expected.

Saturday will be sunny, with a high near 37. Windy, with a northwest wind 24 to 30 mph. Saturday night will be mostly clear, with a low around 20. Blustery, with a northwest wind around 23 mph.

Sunday will be sunny, with a high near 37. Winds will be out of the northwest from 24 to 30 mph. For Saturday night, it will be mostly clear, with a low around 20. It will be blustery, with a northwest wind around 23 mph.

The NPS will reassess conditions tomorrow and reopen visitor services as soon as conditions allow.

For more information, listen to NOAA weather radio, the NOAA website here, local radio, and media for updates and advisories.