Winter Storm Watches and Warnings in effect Tue-Wed
WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — A Winter Storm Watch is in effect for Robeson, Bladen, Columbus, Brunswick, New Hanover and Pender counties starting Tuesday afternoon through Wednesday afternoon. A Winter Storm Warning is in effect for Onslow and Duplin Counties starting 10 am Tuesday through Wednesday afternoon.
A pleasant weekend with temperatures in the 50s will precede an even warmer Monday with highs in the 60s. But an Arctic cold front approaches from the west, and that will change our weather dramatically come Tuesday and Wednesday.
Lots of cold air will be in place in the wake of the Arctic cold front right as it stalls offshore. Waves of low pressure will ride up this front like cars on a highway. That means a lot of moisture will be available starting Tuesday afternoon. With cold air already in place, precipitation will likely fall as snow and possibly sleet in southeastern North Carolina beginning Tuesday afternoon and lingering into Wednesday night.
Accumulation of at least three inches is possible at this point. Bridges may become icy and dangerous, because those surfaces will cool much faster than the ground.
Stay with WWAY and the StormTrack 3 Weather Team for continuing developments and forecasts as the system approaches.
-Meteorologist Christina Anthony
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