Coastal low brings rain, wind, snow to NC

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WILMINGTON, NC (WECT) -- It appears that March truly will roar in like a lion. A strong coastal storm move up the Carolina coast overnight Tuesday night, bringing rain and gusty winds.

A Winter Weather Advisory is in effect for the following counties : Columbus, Pender, Sampson, Duplin, Onslow, Cumberland

A Winter Storm Warning is in effect for Robeson and Bladen Counties.

The warnings and advisories are in effect from 10 PM Tuesday through 10 AM Wednesday

The storm moved across the Gulf Coast on Monday, and is expected to intensify as it moves east of Wilmington. As the system exits, snow may begin to fall, accumulating in some areas.

Rain began Tuesday morning and continued for much of the afternoon. Winds have gusted in the 35 to 40 mph range as the low pressure moved by.

On the backside of the low, colder air will be pulled in, transitioning the rain to snow. However, most of the precipitation will be light by the time the cold air arrives, limiting accumulations.

The highest potential for accumulations appears to be inland locations, along I-95. Little to no accumulation is expected along the coast, with as much as an inch of accumulation for inland counties (Bladen, western Pender, Columbus, Sampson, Cumberland).

There remains a great deal of uncertainty with the forecast, due to the development and intensification of the coastal low. Any change in the intensity and forecast track of the low would dramatically change the snowfall amounts.

Some closings and delays are already being reported. Click here for the latest.

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