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No snow, but expect severe cold

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By Reggie Ponder
Staff Writer

Thursday, December 28, 2017

Although a slight chance of snow or sleet has been forecast for the Outer Banks area beginning Sunday night, the main weather trend to watch for the next week is the threat of severe cold, according to N.C. Emergency Management officials.

No precipitation is expected in the Elizabeth City area, according to Pasquotank-Camden Emergency Management Coordinator Christy Saunders.

“Precipitation should stay south of us,” Saunders said. “Cold temperatures should be our only major problem.”

Saunders cited a winter weather update from NCEM on Thursday that mentions “a very slight chance of light snow or sleet along the coast Sunday night and into Monday morning.” But the more pressing concern, according to NCEM, are cold temperatures.

“While temperatures will warm to near normal on Saturday, bitterly cold weather will move in on Sunday and continue through the middle of next week,” according to the statement. “Portions of the state will remain below freezing for three or four straight days.”

The low Thursday night was expected to reach 16. The lows Sunday and Monday nights were expected to dip to 17 and 18, respectively, before reaching 22 Tuesday night. Daytime highs today and Saturday will be in the 40s, but slip into the 30s Sunday through Tuesday.

The update acknowledged the rapidly changing nature of forecasts related to severe weather systems this week and next but said “there are some indications of a possible winter weather event across North Carolina next Wednesday.”

A slight chance of light freezing rain or freezing drizzle was in the forecast for late Thursday and early today for the extreme southeastern portion of the state but that system was not expected to affect Albemarle counties.

The winter weather update indicated that temperatures were expected to climb above freezing by late morning today in all of eastern North Carolina.

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