Snow dusts area, causes few problems

Winter finally arrived in Havelock on Sunday.

“I love it. I love the cold,” Dominic Martinez said as he walked with his 8-year-old son Kyle through falling snowflakes on Sunday morning. “I figured it was a nice day to go for a walk.”

After an unusually warm February  in which 23 of 28 days had above normal temperatures - including a record high of 83 degrees – the middle of March marked winter’s arrival with a dusting of snow Sunday in some areas of Craven County. Spring officially arrives in just eight days.

“To see the snow and pollen mixture is a little odd, but it’s nice,” Martinez said.

The snow was hardly enough to build a snowman or to hit a hill for some sledding, but it did catch the eye of Jelani Quicksey and his Cannon camera. The 16-year-old was capturing the moment to post on his Instagram account.

“I’m a photographer. I’m pretty good,” he said. “It’s crazy. I’m used to this because I’m from Connecticut. It does make for some nice photos.”

Ursula Frye was unloading groceries in the snow.

“It was 41 when I left and now it’s 36,” she said of temperatures that initially produced rain in the area before falling and changing the precipitation to snow. “I hope it’s the last hurrah for winter. I know my husband’s mad. He usually plays golf on Sundays.”

The snow caused few headaches on the roads. With warm ground temperatures, the white stuff didn’t stick to much other than some grassy surfaces and trees. Even the ice-prone twin-span bridges across the Trent and Neuse Rivers in New Bern did not ice over.

By about 1:30 p.m., it was all over.

“Anytime I can enjoy the cold, I’ll take it,” Martinez said.

The cold temperatures will stick around for a bit, but they will be warm enough so that a system moving into the area Monday afternoon will produce rain, sometimes heavy at times, according to the National Weather Service office in Newport. More than an inch could fall from Monday night into Tuesday, with high temperatures below normal in the upper 50s.

When the rain moves out, even colder temperatures will move in. Highs Wednesday and Thursday won’t get out of the middle 40s with lows in the upper 20s to around 30, according to the weather service. High temperatures won’t get close to average until Saturday, with predictions calling for highs in the lower 60s.