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Snow expected for coastal Carolinas

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WILMINGTON, NC (WECT) - Winter Storm Warnings are posted for New Hanover, Pender, Brunswick, Columbus and Bladen Counties.

The warnings go into effect Friday at 4:00pm through Saturday at 8:00am.

First Alert Meteorologist Eric Davis says sometime between 7:00pm and 10:00pm on Friday we could see a rain/snow mix, and at some point he expects it to switch over to all snow.

We could see accumulations between one and three inches. Highest amounts will be just inland from the immediate coast. Along the beach communities, accumulations may be lighter due to warmer temperatures melting some of the snow.

Snowfall amounts will taper off toward I-95 where amounts will be between a dusting to around an inch.

The track of a deep South low could change these forecast totals. If the low tracks slightly closer to the coast, amounts of 3 to 6 inches could be possible. Farther away and amounts would be substantially lower.

The winter storm is also prompting warnings as far south as Pensacola, Florida and Charleston, South Carolina.

It is the first time in a decade that Charleston has been under a Winter Storm Warning. Savannah has not seen snow since 1996.

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