Dare topped region in snow accumulation, pushing 10 inches

By on January 22, 2018

Seven inches fell at Jockey’s Ridge. (Sam Walker)

Dare County recorded the deepest accumulations with almost 10 inches reported on Roanoke Island after last week’s snowstorm swept across eastern North Carolina.

The storm, which arrived overnight Wednesday and Thursday, shut down schools and government offices and it took a couple of days for the main roads to be clear of ice and snow.

Whatever snow remained pretty much melted over the weekend as temperatures rose to near 60.

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Typical January weather is on tap for this week. Monday’s highs will be about 61 before rain moves in.

Showers and thunderstorms are likely before 4 p.m. Tuesday, and temperatures should hit 62, according to the National Weather Service.

The rest of the week should be clear with daytime temperatures in the mid-40s and night-time temperatures in the mid- to high-30s.

Most parts of North Carolina and Virginia saw snow from a passing cold front, but coastal areas were hit with an offshore low-pressure system that pulled more moisture and wind from the ocean into the cold air.

Here are some of the higher readings reported by the National Weather Service Office in Morehead City:

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  • Roanoke Island Festival Park, 9.9 inches
  • Southern Shores, 9.5 inches
  • Nags Head, 7.5 inches
  • Wright Brothers National Memorial, 7 inches
  • Jockeys Ridge State Park, 7 inches

Hatteras Island generally received 2 to 3 inches, although one report was 6 inches in Rodanthe.

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