Does it snow in the Carteret County NC communities of Morehead City, Beaufort, Newport, Atlantic Beach, or Emerald Isle? Is there currently a winter storm warning forecast for this area? How many inches of snow does this area get every year?
This document will archive dates and weather events that produced freezing rain, sleet, or snow storms locally. Additionally, we will update this page as watches and warning happen, along with official school closings.
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Current Watches, Warnings, Or Forecast: None
February 21, 2020 – Reports of moderate snow falling at 6 am in most areas but with no accumulation.
February 20, 2020 – 1 pm – Newest model runs now hinting at more of an accumulation for coastal areas up to 2 inches. A winter weather advisory remains in affect until 10 am on Friday, February 21.
5 am – No changes in the snow forecast model or intensity. There is still the possibility of accumulation of around 1/4 of an inch in the local county. Areas in Newport near the Craven County line could see a bit more while areas on Bogue Banks near Atlantic Beach and Emerald Isle are expected to see no accumulation.
As of February 19, 2020 there is a winter weather watch in effect for Carteret County. Communities in the county are not forecast to get any accumulation of snow or ice overnight on Thursday, February 20, 2020. However, this storm’s track could very well change that as we are just on the line where snowfall is forecast. Also, expect gusty winds nearing 35 mph and pay close attention to roads if sleet, ice, and snow does occur. We will update this page if the winter storm’s track changes slightly such that communities like Newport, Mill Creek, Morehead City, and Beaufort do see accumulation.
Carteret County NC is in Eastern NC and situated along the ocean which helps to keep winter weather that approaches the county from the west at bay. When we do see snow events locally, they typically happen as a Nor’easter that travels up the East Coast much like a low pressure system does. Typically, the local area sees 1 or 2 events each Winter where there will see flurries or a dusting of snow. Some years, there may be accumulation of 1 to 2 inches. And, some years we see no precipitation.
However, about once every 10-15 years, we do see an event where greater than 6-8 inches happens and this is usually due to a stalled or very slow moving Nor’easter.
Events: None documented as of 2019.
The Internet hashtag #NCWX is used by people on social media when significant weather events like winter storms happen in the area so that readers can use the hashtag to only see information about watches, warning, forecast, and videos and pictures of winter events like freezing rain, sleet, and snow in local communities.
In recent years, many meteorologist and National Weather Service officials have adopted the use of naming winter weather events like we see hurricanes being named. For instance, in 2018 a Nor’easter moved up the East Coast threatening the county and it was named Winter Storm Diego.
While people around the county like to joke about schools closing at the first sign of ice or flakes, there is actually a very good reason aside from drivers not being accustomed to driving on ice or in freezing rain.
All communities in the county have a significant number of bridges in the area that buses and commuters have to cross daily. Because of this, school officials have to consider local bridges in their decision making. Typically, these bridges are the first road structures to see accumulation.
Pictures and Video
If you live in one of the local communities such as Morehead City, Beaufort, or Atlantic Beach and you have pictures and video of winter events and would like to share them with us for use on this page (with credit), please CONTACT US.
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