Meteorologists remain uncertain on forecast

Havelock could see snow on Saturday, or ice, or rain – or a combination of the three.

Weather forecasters are trying to pinpoint exactly what will happen this weekend as a low pressure system is expected to form off the coast with an influx of cold air coming in from the north.

John Elardo, meteorologist with the National Weather Service office in Newport, said the forecast was still subject, but that the Havelock and eastern Craven County areas were in the highest degrees of uncertainty with the forecast. The forecast for some accumulating snow is more certain in areas west and north of New Bern, but the exact totals remain uncertain.

He said a low pressure system expected to move toward the coast Thursday night will generate the low daytime temperatures, in the upper 30s, Friday until early next week.

“A cold rain will come in Thursday night into Friday morning,” he said. “Then it will dry out briefly Friday. Then another low pressure system moves off the coast Friday night into Saturday. That looks like it will bring significant precipitation and the potential for wintry weather.”

Forecasters are confident precipitation will occur Friday night into Saturday. But the particular type and amount of precipitation is still unclear until the low pressure systems get closer to the area, Elardo said.

“It looks like it will start as rain and turn over to snow,” he said. “But there’s still some uncertainty.”

Forecasters Wednesday expected the change to happen overnight Friday into early Saturday.

People traveling through eastern North Carolina Friday and Saturday should closely monitor the forecast, Elardo said.

“There could be some impact,” he said. “It is nothing unusual to get a little wintry precipitation this time of year. But it has a big impact here.”

Forecasts call for a high temperature of 49 Friday with mostly cloudy skies and a slight chance of rain. Rain chances increase Friday night. As the low temperature drops to an expected temperature of 31 early Saturday morning, that rain is expected to change to snow. However, the timing of the temperature drop and the exact location of the low pressure system off the coast and the amount of moisture with it will determine if the Havelock area gets any snow, and if so, how much.