Update: 6:30 a.m., Friday
Forecasters with the National Weather Service say a winter weather advisory is still in effect for New Hanover, Brunswick and Pender counties until 1 p.m. today. Only trace amounts of light freezing rain or sleet are expected this morning.
Accumulations are expected to be less than .01 of an inch with slightly higher amounts along coastal southeast North Carolina. There is still a treat for some icing on bridges and overpasses in the advisory area, which includes counties both in northeastern South Carolina and southeastern North Carolina.
A cold Arctic high pressure will build into the area this weekend bring the coldest temperatures of 2016. Low temperatures are expected to drop into the upper teens inland to the lower 20s along the coast Saturday night into Sunday morning. Wind chills are foretasted to drop in the single digits around sunrise Sunday.
A winter weather advisory has been issued for New Hanover, Pender and Brunswick counties.
A light freezing rain or winter mix has been forecast to hit the Cape Fear Region on Friday morning, according to the National Weather Services (NWS). While forecasters are “moderately confident” for this winter event, the advisory is in effect from 5 a.m. to 1 p.m. Friday.
Precipitation is expected to move across the warning area, which includes counties in northeast South Carolina and southeastern North Carolina, beginning at 6 a.m. Friday and continuing throughout the day.
The coastal region in our immediate local warning areas could get a trace of ice up to .01 inch, according to Robert DiGiorgi, lead forecaster for the NWS. The light freezing rain, or a rain and snow mix, could hit the area sometime between 10 and 11 a.m. and remain until temperatures begin to rise above freezing Friday afternoon. A cold rain has been predicted at that time. The total amount of the liquid water equivalent from this event is expected to be from a tenth to a quarter of an inch across eastern North Carolina.
The threat of a light coating of ice during the Friday morning commute on roadways and bridges could be likely, especially around the inland portions of the warning area. Though the predicted accumulation in our tri-county area is a trace amount, “it only takes a little bit of ice to cause slippery conditions,” DiGiorgi said.
This weekend, a very cold Arctic high pressure will settle over the area with the coldest temperatures of the winter expected. Wind chill values could drop down in the single digits Sunday morning. Low temperatures Saturday night and early Sunday morning could drop down into the low 20s or teens, DiGiorgi said.
On Sunday, temperatures are predicted in the lower to mid-30s with wind chill values in the teens and 20s throughout the day.
The National Weather Services is closely monitoring the storm system. Port City Daily will continue to update as information is provided.