Most of the area saw flurries, with only a small amount sticking to the ground. Several school systems opened late to be sure the roads were safe before sending out the buses.
The National Weather Service issued winter storm warning for eastern counties until midday Thursday. At least 18 school systems delayed classes by at least two hours.
Up to 4 inches of snow was expected north of a line from Greene County to northern Dare County on the coast. South of the line, forecasters expect 2 inches of snow.
Some 2 to 3 inches of snow was expected around Elizabeth City in the northeastern corner of the state.
A winter weather advisory for areas near Interstate 95 was dropped late Thursday morning. Light snow was reported from Elizabeth City south to Cherry Point.
ABC11 Chief Meteorologist Chris Hohmann said it's back to sunshine by the afternoon with highs in the low and mid 40s.
Chilly weather will return for Friday, but a big warmup is in store just in time for the weekend. Highs will reach or exceed 60 by Sunday!