Area under winter weather advisory

The area could see a light dusting of snow early Sunday morning, prompting the National Weather Service to issue a winter weather advisory.

The weather service says an inch of snow or less is possible in the advisory area, which includes Craven, Carteret, Pamlico, Duplin, Onslow and Jones counties. The Havelock area is in a section of eastern North Carolina that the weather service believes has the best chance of seeing accumulating snow.

Still, with warm ground temperatures, heavy accumulation is not expected. Drivers are being urged to use caution on roadways, especially on bridges and overpasses.

The low temperature overnight into early Sunday morning is expected to be around 30 degrees. Precipitation is expected to start moving into the area around 4 a.m., according to the weather service. Snow is expected through early morning, with the potential the snow could change to rain as temperatures warm to above freezing through the middle of the morning to early afternoon. Most of precipitation is expected to be out of the area by noon. Sunday’s high temperature is expected to hit 45.

The weather service expects another system to move in late Monday and Monday night, but temperatures will be warm enough that precipitation is expected to be all rain, heavy at times, with the storm total reaching perhaps more than an inch.

After a relatively warm February compared to normal temperatures, the rest of the week should see below average temperatures with highs in the 40s and 50s through Friday, according to the weather service.