Craven County may get a small accumulation of snow Saturday night into Sunday morning, according to forecasters.
Meteorologists are expecting a cold front moving into the area Saturday to collide with a strong low pressure system coming off the coast later in the night.
Tom Lonka, meteorologist for the National Weather Service in Newport, said those two systems could create snow.
“It looks like the two ingredients coming together will produce some snow on the back side of the system,” Lonka said. “We are not expecting a snow storm but we are expecting some accumulation. The current thinking (Friday afternoon) is for a half inch for Craven County and the New Bern area.”
But any accumulation is hard to predict until about six hours before the snow falls, Lonka said.
“The forecast could change,” he said. “It could be more or less accumulation.”
It was difficult to forecast where the bands of snow might go or where the heaviest snowfall would be, Tonka said.
“We expect rain (Saturday) afternoon, transitioning into snow during the evening,” he said. “There will be a rain/snow mix switching to all snow about 8 p.m. or 9 p.m.
Gordy Ure, Department of Transportation maintenance engineer for Craven and Pamlico counties, said he is monitoring the forecast and on Friday it looked like a significant rain event coming in before the snow Saturday night.
Pretreating the roads with brine is not a good option until the rain changes to a wintry mix, he said.
Lonka said it would be a quick and brief cool down after the snow stops. Sunday temperatures are expected to be in the upper 30s, but it will be windy and feel much colder, he said.
Monday temperatures will rise into the lower 50s and Tuesday temperatures should climb into the low or mid 60s, above normal for this time of year, Lonka said.