Parts of North Carolina get dusting of snow

Some residents in northern and eastern counties of the ABC11 viewing area surprised to see big snowflakes falling overnight
February 7, 2014 6:15:42 AM PST
Some residents in the northern and eastern counties of the ABC11 viewing area saw big snowflakes falling overnight.

The snow started around 11 p.m. Thursday, but only lasted until 3 a.m. A winter weather advisory was briefly issued for some eastern counties during that time.

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Rocky Mount got a light dusting, while the North Carolina coast got a little more blanketed with the white stuff.

Most of the snow accumulated on grassy surfaces and elevated areas, but roads appeared clear, just wet.

WWAY in Wilmington reported the surprise snow fall was a smaller-scale weather phenomenon, which was harder to detect since it was mixed with a predicted rainfall.

The snow is not expected to stick around long because the ground temperature is too warm.

ABC11 Meteorologist Don "Big Weather" Schwenneker says an area of high pressure will bring a partly sunny sky Friday, but a low-level chilly air will prevent most places from climbing higher than 50 degrees.

The Triangle didn't really see any snow overnight, but there are two precipitation events that Schwenneker says will need to be watched over the next week. He says both of these will include some chance for frozen precipitation.

"A quick-moving disturbance Friday night will bring a shot of precipitation toward dawn Saturday," Schwenneker said. "It is expected that there will be about a 3-to-4 hour period where sleet and rain could mix tomorrow morning. Low pressure forming near the Carolina coast tomorrow morning will quickly move away to the northeast, which means central North Carolina will dry out by the afternoon."

The second system will bring more thick clouds to the region Monday night and Tuesday.

Schwenneker says model guidance differs somewhat on how this system unfolds; however, most model data suggest that there is the chance for snow and sleet Tuesday night into Wednesday morning.

We'll be watching and adjusting over the weekend.

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