The National Weather Service has issued a winter weather advisory for five counties in ENC 5 p.m.-midnight Monday.

Updated at 9:27 p.m.

Onslow, Duplin and Jones county school districts will be on a two-hour delay for students and staff Tuesday.


Updated at 7:03 p.m. 

With a winter weather advisory in effect until early Tuesday morning, the National Weather Service advises caution while traveling.

A winter storm may be bring up to an inch of snow in Kinston, New Bern and throughout Craven County, meterologist Scott Kennedy said.

Still, no accumulation is expected on the roadways.

But for now, Kennedy said there’s still time before any snow is expected at all.

“Snow or sleet, what we call a wintry mix, may go on for 2-3 hours (from) 8-11 p.m.,” Kennedy said.

This wintry mix may result in some accumulation on grassy and elevated areas, such as the top of your vehicle, he added.

According to Kennedy, Pink Hill and northern ENC may be experiencing heavier precipitation, but cautious driving should do it for folks in Onslow, Duplin, Jones, Craven and Carteret.

“Just take it easy on the roadways, they’re wet from the rain,” Kennedy said. “Slow down and use your low-beam headlights.”



Many delayed openings were announced ahead of winter weather expected overnight while forecasters warned motorists to use caution this morning.

Black ice is one of the possible travel concerns until temperatures rise Tuesday afternoon, they said.

An inch of snow was possible overnight, according to forecasters, and any accumulation on the roadways may have frozen overnight, with lows around 30 degrees.

The counties affected include Onslow, Jones, Duplin, Carteret, Craven, Pamlico and Lenoir.

According to Jim Merrell, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Morehead City, Jacksonville may see snowfall between 6-8 p.m., with the storm then moving east along U.S. 17 around 8-10 p.m.

“It’s changing over to snow in the 10 o’clock timeframe, but there’s a good enough chance we should get about an inch,” Merrell said.

According to the National Weather Service, accumulation is expected to remain on grassy and elevated surfaces.


“We’ve got it clearing out overnight and sunny in the low 50s with some wind still behind us,” Merrell said.

Any accumulation should melt by Tuesday afternoon, he said.

Marine Corps Community Services announced Monday it would postpone opening many of its services including fitness centers and child development centers. The centers will open at 7:30 a.m. or their usual time if it's later than 7:30 a.m. The Area 2 Pool, Marine Marts, barber shops and snack bars will also open at 7:30 a.m. or later, depending on their opening time.

Naval Medical Center Camp Lejeune also announced a two-hour delay with some exceptions.

Primary care clinics specific to Family Medicine, Internal Medicine and Pediatrics will still see patients scheduled from 8 a.m. to 10 a.m. Tuesday, according to a press release from the center. However, NMCCL is advising patients to use their best judgment on whether or not to drive in the morning. Patients are asked to call and cancel their appointment with those clinics should they decide not to venture out. Speciality clinics will remain operating on a two-hour delay. Emergency services will be available.

Although the snow comes a bit late in the season, Merrell said this kind of event is not all that unusual.

“It’s somewhat rare but not unheard of,” Merrell said.

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