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Following a stormy Christmas Eve with the arrival of a cold front, Ocracoke awoke Christmas morning to a partly sunny, but colder, day.

The storm last night brought high winds but reports this morning are that the ocean did not breach N.C. 12 at the north end of the island.

It’s not snow blowing along N.C. 12 on Thursday. It’s sea foam. Photo: C. Leinbach

Temperature is forecast to drop to 30 overnight, rising into the low 40s on sunny Saturday.

Islanders bedecked their homes and businesses for the holidays. The Ocracoke Civic and Business Association recently judged the island decorations for the Island Celebration.

Below are the OCBA Island Celebration winners along with some other samples of holiday lights.

42 Sarah Ellen Lane. Photo by OCBA
150 Cedar Road. Photo by OCBA
The Pony Island Motel. Photo by OCBA
149 Sunset Dr. Photo by OCBA.
Best of Show & ‘Griswold Award.’ 29 O’Neal Lane (Oyster Creek). Photo: C. Leinbach
Along Back Road. Photo: C. Leinbach
Handcrafted Christmas cutouts along Back Road. Photo: C. Leinbach
Along Lighthouse Road. Photo: C. Leinbach
Along Lighthouse Road. Photo: C. Leinbach
The Ocracoke Post Office. Photo: C. Leinbach


  1. Merry Christmas to you! Glad the storm didn’t bring overwash. Looks like you have some northern cold temps for awhile. Brrrr. Congrats to the OCBA Celebration winners and thanks for the photos. Always love to see pics of Ocracoke! Take care and stay warm!

  2. Regarding Christmas Eve stormy weather and tornado warning: is there protocol for where to go–safest places–on island under threat of tornado?

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