A wintry combination of sleet, freezing rain and snow is expected to impact the Havelock area starting late Monday into Tuesday, according to forecasters.
Craven County Schools will be closed on Tuesday.
The National Weather Service has issued a winter storm warning for what it expects will be two waves of wintry weather. The first is expected late Monday into Tuesday when rain is expected to change to snow and sleet and continue through Tuesday night.
A second wave is expected early Wednesday when sleet is expected before changing to rain.
The weather service says it has a high level of confidence with the forecast through Tuesday, with the heaviest amount of sleet and snow expected Tuesday afternoon. About 1 to 2 inches of accumulation is expected in the Havelock area.
No major accumulation is expected overnight Monday, but the weather service warns that driving conditions are expected to deteriorate throughout Tuesday, especially by the afternoon.
The weather service said changes in the exact track of a low pressure system could cause changes in the forecast for Wednesday, but that coastal regions, including the Havelock area, are expected to see mostly rain.
The weather service called the winter storm “a very complex storm system” and expects continued evaluations of the forecast.
The storm is not expected to be followed with freezing temperatures, most likely leading to a quick thaw of any snow or sleet that accumulates by Wednesday night, according to the weather service. High temperatures Wednesday and Thursday are expected to be around 40 degrees or slightly higher. By Friday and through the weekend, high temperatures are predicted to be in the low to middle 50s, around average for this time of year, under mostly sunny skies.
Should the snow accumulate, this would be the third time in two weeks that the area would be impacted by a winter storm. On Jan. 28 and 29, a storm dropped about 2 inches of sleet and snow, and below freezing temperatures kept roads covered in ice for three days.
On Friday, a system that surprised forecasters produced about an inch of snow in the Havelock area, but temperatures that quickly warmed to near 50 degrees melted the snow quickly and no major road hazards were reported.