A winter storm heading for eastern North Carolina today (Thursday) will impact the mainland but snow along the warmer Ocracoke coast is unlikely according to the National Weather Service out of Newport/Morehead City.
Rainfall will transition to a wintry mix, and then to all snow for much of eastern North Carolina this evening through Friday morning as low pressure strengthens off the coast.
Since the Outer Banks are generally warmer than the mainland, Ocracoke might not see any snow, but it will be in the cross hairs of gusty winds, which could be as high as 46 mph on the Outer Banks.
Rough seas are forecast and coastal flooding possible as well in Carteret County.
The greatest snowfall accumulations are generally expected along and north of the Neuse River, where sub-freezing temps will arrive earlier in the night. The heaviest snow will fall through the overnight hours, with potential banding leading to locally higher amounts.
Snow will gradually taper off from west to east early Friday morning as the low moves further off the coast.