By Peter Vankevich
The winter storm will hit North Carolina beginning here with high winds and rain late tonight (Saturday, Dec. 8) that will last into Monday. Travel advisories have been issued for the entire state. Varying amounts of snowfall and ice will hit much of the interior. Charlotte and Raleigh are gearing up for snowfall amounts from four inches to one foot and more possible farther west.
Ocracoke should expect two to three inches of rain, sustained high surf and winds with gusts up to 50 mph. Overwash may impact the roads.
Ferry service will be suspended when conditions become dangerous. Updates on service can be found on the N.C. Ferry Division Twitter page.
To check on possible delays or cancellations, call the Hatteras ferry terminal at 252-996-6000. For updates on the Cedar Island and Swan Quarter routes, call the Ocracoke ferry office, 252-996-6200.
Gov. Roy Cooper declared a state of emergency on Friday for all 100 counties.
“Snow may be beautiful but it can also be treacherous and I urge North Carolinians to take this storm seriously and get ready for it now,” he said in a press release.