WILMINGTON, N.C. (WECT) - Winter Weather Advisories are in effect for most of southeast North Carolina as widespread rain begins to mix with sleet and snow and eventually change over to snow in the coming hours. Northerly breezes will continue to supply cold air to the system and drop temperatures near or just below freezing late tonight and early Friday. Watch out for occasional slick spots on the roads, especially bridges and overpasses overnight and early Friday. See your WECT Weather App’s hour-by-hour forecast to get an idea when such a transition might happen in your neighborhood.
Generally underwhelming snow and sleet amounts remain possible overnight Thursday into first thing Friday. Here are the most likely accumulation outcomes by county...
Bladen: small coating to locally an inch or two.
Brunswick: either nothing or a small pasting of crusty slush.
Columbus: either nothing or a small pasting of crusty slush.
New Hanover: either nothing or a small pasting of crusty slush.
Pender: small coating to locally an inch or two.
North Carolina’s “sweet spot” for snow will likely be north of the Cape Fear Region, say, up near Wilson or Roanoke Rapids. Still, our local National Weather Service office has issued a Winter Weather Advisory and you might watch for an icy patch or two first thing Friday.
In the longer range: a frigid Friday night and a temperature rebound by early next week. Catch these details and more in your First Alert Forecast for the next seven days for Wilmington right here or, for any location you choose, a full ten-day forecast on your WECT Weather App.