Eastern North Carolina will miss the far worse weather expected to impact the Northeast this weekend with high snowfall and frigid temperatures.
Nevertheless, the National Weather Service out of Morehead City has issued winter weather advisories with minor to moderate impacts of one to three inches of snowfall expected for all counties along and north of Highway 264. Hazardous travel will be the primary concern beginning Friday night into Saturday.
A wind advisory has been issued for the Outer Banks north of Ocracoke Inlet, with gale watches and warnings issued for most area waters from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday. The strong winds may bring minor sound side water level rises.
Ocracoke should expect rain beginning Friday afternoon with the possibility of a few snow showers Saturday morning. The island’s biggest concern is high winds in the mid-20 mph range and gusts up to 40 mph on Saturday and freezing temperatures beginning Saturday night into Sunday morning. The freeze may make travel hazardous due to black ice, which is frozen water on roads.
Minor ocean overwash may be possible for Hatteras Island north of Cape Point.
For weather details, visit the NWS webpage here.