Winter storm expected, officials say


From staff and AP reports

Tuesday, January 2, 2018

A burst of snow is expected Wednesday through Thursday, local emergency officials advised Monday.

Pasquotank-Camden Emergency Management Coordinator Christy Saunders said there’s a chance of snow and ice Wednesday evening through Thursday morning. A weather forecast she shared states three to five inches of snow is expected to fall in the Pasquotank/Camden area, with pavement accumulations of two to four inches.

The forecast also states no “appreciable melting” is expected until temperatures warm on Sunday.

Perquimans Emergency Services Director Jonathan Nixon also reported he was closely monitoring the winter storm, and shared a regional forecast predicting a snow or rain-and-snow mix, “with some sleet mixed in.” However, that forecast didn’t expect significant ice on roads.

The National Weather Service says the storm could bring up to 4 inches of snow to areas of North Carolina well east of Interstate 95 on Wednesday.

Forecasters say the snow should fall nearly to the coast, but the most snow is likely in places further inland like Jacksonville and New Bern.

The Weather Service says any changes in the track of the storm would change the amount of snow. No advisories have been issued and forecasters ask people to frequently check the weather.

It will remain brutally cold in the rest of North Carolina with some places only forecast to be above freezing for several hours this week.

Also on Monday, Elizabeth City Pasquotank Public Schools officials announced  schools will open on 2-hour delay today in response to sub-freezing temperatures affecting the region.

"ECPPS will operate on a two hour delay on Tuesday, January 2nd to allow for buses and schools to heat due to the extreme cold temperatures we are experiencing,” the emailed press release stated. “All ECPPS students and staff report back on January 2nd except for ECP Early College. Students attending the Early College will not report back to school until Wednesday, January 3rd."