Busy day in the forecast center, so this is a quick update....
Wintry precipitation still looks to begin late tonight. While there may be some light precipitation late this evening, we anticipate it to be more widespread around midnight and continue through most of Saturday.
Accumulation forecast late tonight through Saturday:
North of the Triangle near the VA border: The area including Oxford and Henderson may see between 8-12" of snow. Ther may be a narrow band of over a foot of snow in this area.
Triangle to Wilson: 5-10" of snow and sleet with some freezing rain possible
Sandhills to Goldsboro: While some snow is possible here, the precipitation will be mainly freezing rain and sleet. 0.5" to 0.75" of ice accumulation is possible. That is enough to create power problems and traffic issues.
Coastal areas: Locations along the coast will see mainly rain of over one inch. Portions of Bladen, Duplin, far inland Onslow, and Craven Counties may see some freezing rain or sleet with the rain. We will watch these areas closely for icing problems.
Are you prepared for the worst case scenario? We'll hope for better conditions, but areas that receive snow and/or ice should expect travel to become extremely dangerous if not impossible by early Saturday morning. Icing and/or heavy snow will lead to extended power outages. Just in case, are you ready to be stuck in your location from Friday night until Monday spending a lot of that time with no power? Temperatures in the Triangle and Sandhills may stay at or below freezing until late Monday morning.
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