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The following is courtesy of the OBX Voice

January 5, 2017

From the National Weather Service/Morehead City

By Rob Morris 

Winter’s first big storm is gearing up on a path that sweeps it through the region this weekend.

With the uncertainty typical of coastal systems this time of year, the track will dictate who will get snow and how much. In any case, the coldest temperatures of the season will follow.

The National Weather Service in Morehead City issued a forecast this morning showing 4 to 6 inches of snow Saturday along the northern Outer Banks as well as the Currituck mainland.

 Manteo is shown in the range of 3 to 4 inches.

The storm will track along the coast starting Friday. Look for rain and snow Saturday morning, then all snow into the afternoon and overnight. Mixed in will likely be sleet and ice.

Forecasts show the usual assortment of wind and waves, followed by very cold temperates into early next week.

The temperatures: 33 Saturday, 25 Saturday night, 33 Sunday and 21 Sunday night, with wind chills in the single digits.

Seas will peak at 5 to 12 feet late Saturday, the Weather Service reported. North winds will run from 25 to 29 mph.

 A familiar scenario is also forecast for the sounds and beaches: Minor ocean overwash and minor flooding along the sound. Water level rises of 1 to 2 feet are possible.
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  1. Looks like you didn’t need the snow shovel, but a parka, mukluks and woolly underwear seem to be just the ticket! Stay warm.

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