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National Weather Service Issues Winter Storm Watch for southeastern NC


Click image for larger view: Snow in Carolina Beach, February 2010.

NEW HANOVER COUNTY - January 26th, 2014 - The National Weather Service Sunday issued a winter storm watch for southeast North Carolina and northeast South Carolina. It will be in effect Tuesday afternoon through Wednesday afternoon.

According to the National Weather Service in Wilmington, another Arctic front is set move into the region late Monday, bringing very cold temperatures and the potential for winter weather. This front will stall offshore Tuesday and Wednesday. A low pressure system will develop along this front and move along the coast, bringing an extended period of snow and sleet to the area. An advisory says there is the potential for greater than 3 inches of snow/sleet with a small chance for a period of freezing rain.

In the Wilmington area, light precipitation is expected to begin Tuesday afternoon, with the heaviest precipitation overnight Tuesday, lingering into Wednesday.  Strong north winds of 15-20 miles per hour with gusts up to 30 miles per hour combined with temperatures in the 20's will result in wind chill values of around 10 degrees.

Very dangerous travel is expected to develop as roads become snow covered. Bridges will be icy and extremely hazardous. Lengthy power interruptions are also possible.

With lengthy power interruptions possible, residents are encouraged to begin preparations well ahead of this storm. Preparedness information can be found online at, or by downloading the ReadyNC mobile application.

The ReadyNC app is free and available now in the Apple AppStore and Google Play for Android devices.