Snow starts to pile up, winds crank up from latest storm

By on January 17, 2018

Snow already covering N.C. 12 at Hillcrest Drive in Southern Shores. (NCDOT)

Heavy snow started to fall not long after sunset across all of northeastern North Carolina, with rates of up to one inch per hour possible during the overnight hours.

Schools in Dare and Currituck have already announced they will be closed on Thursday. Look for updates here on other closings in Dare County.


Roads are already starting to be covered in snow from Kitty Hawk north, and conditions are expected to worsen overnight as temperatures fall well below freezing.

Forecasters see a stronger low-pressure system developing offshore, which will mean higher wind and blowing snow.

The winter storm warning has been extended through 11 a.m. for Dare County, while a winter weather advisory is up in Currituck County until 9 a.m.

The Weather Service says visibility could be low at times and driving will be difficult. You can call 511 for he latest road conditions.

One to 4 inches are possible along the Outer Banks and soundside counties, according to the National Weather Service Office in Morehead City. The highest accumulations are expected closer to the coast.

The low pressure along the coast will piggyback with a cold front that will quickly drop temperatures below freezing, the Weather Service says. Chances of rain will turn into a better chance of snow overnight.


Northwest winds will become blustery — 20 to 25 mph with gusts up to 36 mph — into the daylight hours before easing off.

Expect a typical Outer Banks scenario: rain, then ice, then snow. North Carolina Department of Transportation crews were busy putting down brine, a mixture of salt and water to speed up melting, including on U.S. 158 on the Outer Banks.

The effects of the latest storm are not likely to linger long. The Jan. 4 storm saw up to 6 inches of snow, and temperatures dropped into the teens for several days.


This time, colder air but temperatures above freezing are on tap for Thursday before things start warming into the 50s by the weekend.


  • John Towler

    If we can, please let’s agree to call this one the “Tsnonwnami of 2018” to distinguish it from the recent “Snowmaggedon of 2018.” Trust me, future generations will thank us when studying these events.

    Wednesday, Jan 17 @ 4:32 pm
  • Bud

    The rain is going to ruin the snow.

    Wednesday, Jan 17 @ 6:03 pm
  • Bud

    It just rained on Hatteras until around 2am., then switched to snow. We have minor ground cover but that is all. And is already melting into the rainfall. Roads will not be an issue.

    Thursday, Jan 18 @ 5:46 am
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