The Havelock area is preparing for a winter storm, a storm whose impacts appear to be changing as it nears.


The Havelock area is preparing for a winter storm, a storm whose impacts appear to be changing as it nears.



The National Weather Service has issued a winter storm warning for the area, as a low pressure system is expected to form off the coast, bringing with it a combination of freezing rain, sleet and snow beginning Tuesday morning and continuing into Wednesday morning.



Forecasts early Monday predicted as much as 10 inches of snow for the Havelock area, but as the storm continued to form and take shape, those predictions have decreased, with the weather service now calling for about 2 to 4 inches of snow for the Havelock area.



Craven County Schools will be closed on Tuesday, and Cherry Point has announced it will close at noon Tuesday. Only personnel designated by their supervisors will be required to work after that time. Non-designated personnel are expected to return to work by noon on Thursday. Updates from Cherry Point are available by calling 466-3093.



According to the National Weather Service in Newport, a mixture of sleet and freezing rain is expected to move into the Havelock area by around 9 a.m. Tuesday. That mixture will continue through much of Tuesday afternoon, producing about an inch of accumulation, before changing to snow Tuesday night.



Snowfall Tuesday night and into Wednesday morning is expected to be 2 to 4 inches, and the system is expected to clear off the coast by around 1 p.m. Wednesday.



The wintry mixture is expected to produce hazardous driving in the area.



Areas farther west and north of Havelock, such as Greenville, could see about 10 inches of snow, while parts of Carteret County like Morehead City may see mostly rain and sleet with accumulations of 1 to 3 inches.



Whatever snow or ice falls will likely stick around with a low temperature of 12 degrees predicted for Wednesday night. However, a warming trend follows, as highs Friday will reach near 50 degrees, followed by near 60-degree temperatures Saturday and Sunday.



Other cancellations or postponements include:



Havelock city offices as well as the recreation center will be closed on Tuesday, with only essential personnel reporting for work.



The Havelock Chamber of Commerce Military Affairs Committee has postponed its Family of the Quarter event until 6 p.m. Feb. 4.



The chamberís business before hours event scheduled for Tuesday at Gurganus Elementary School has been rescheduled for Feb. 25.



Annunciation Catholic School has canceled its Ecumenical Leadership Prayer Luncheon for Tuesday.



The weather may also cause delays in delivery of the Havelock News and Windsock.