Our office is currently monitoring an approaching weather system that has the potential to bring a wintry mix of precipitation tonight and windy, cold conditions on Thursday. Forecast details for Beaufort County are as follows:
- The chance of light rain will continue to increase throughout the day. Rain will become more prominent after 7pm this evening. 1/2" to 3/4" of rain is expected through midnight tonight.
- Rain is expected to transition to snow around 2am Thursday morning as temperatures approach freezing. This transition is forecasted to occur along and north of the Hwy 264 corridor. Beaufort Co. is currently forecasted to retrieve between a trace and 1" of accumulation. Our county's northern most communities of Old Ford, Pinetown and Pungo River are forecasted to receive 1".
- A Winter Weather Advisory has been issued for Beaufort County beginning at 2am and continuing through 9am Thursday.
- All precipitation should be clear of our area around sunrise Thursday.
Temperatures / Windchill
- NNW winds will begin to increase after 3am tonight, becoming sustained between 15 and 20 mph by sunrise tomorrow. Winds will remain elevated through sunset Thursday. Gust of up to 30 mph are possible during this time.
Threats / Hazards
- Temperatures will remain in the mid to upper 30s for Thursday. However, due to the increased winds, it will feel like the upper 20s throughout the day.
- Snow Accumulation
- This should primarily be a rain event, with a brief late onset period of snow. Accumulations are currently expected to be minor, with minimal impacts to roadways.
- Cold Air Temperatures
- Tomorrow will bring cooler temperatures than we have experienced so far this season. Please take precautions to protect outside animals and exposed plumbing.
Please see the attached briefing and email below from the National Weather Service (NWS) for more information. Their next update is scheduled for 5pm today. We will continue to pass along new information as we receive it.
As always, thank you all for what you do to keep Beaufort Co. prepared and safe. Feel free to contact us if we can be of any assistance.
- Chris Newkirk
- Deputy Director
- Beaufort County Emergency Services
- 1420 Highland Dr
- Washington, N.C. 27889
- Office: (252) 940-6511
- Cell: (252) 378-5352