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Snow expected this afternoon; Blizzard warning for Camden

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From staff reports

Wednesday, January 3, 2018

Elizabeth City area residents could see snow begin falling as early as 4 p.m. this afternoon, the National Weather Service is reporting.

Updating its hazardous weather forecast from Tuesday, the weather service now projects an average of between 5-10 inches of snow falling across the region between this afternoon and 1 p.m. on Thursday.

Pasquotank County will be under a winter storm warning starting at 4 p.m. today and ending at 1 p.m. Thursday. Camden and Currituck counties, meanwhile, will be under a blizzard warning starting at 4 p.m. today and ending at 1 p.m. Thursday.

Forecasters are calling for up to 10 inches of snow and wind gusts of up to 50 mph.

 

Precipitation may start off as a winter mix of rain and snow but will change to all snow shortly after with no significant amount of icing expected. Although precipitation may begin around 4 p.m. it is not expected to start in earnest until 6 p.m.

Sustained winds of 14-24 mph are forecast, with common gusts of 30-40 mph while it is snowing. In addition, isolated peak gusts of 40-45 mph are possible between midnight and 11 a.m. Thursday. 

Significant drifting of snow is likely due to the gusting winds.

Drivers should be prepared for snow-covered roads and lower visibility making driving difficult.

Two area school districts — Perquimans County Schools and the Elizabeth City-Pasquotank Public Schools — cancelled classes today. The Edenton-Chowan Schools and Currituck County Schools are releasing early today. Thus far, no school closings have been announced for Thursday.

 

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