A winter storm is expected to impact Eastern North Carolina on Tuesday and Wednesday, with the National Weather Service calling for "significant snow accumulations."
A winter storm warning has been issued, meaning snow of more than four inches is expected in the area within 24 hours.
According to the weather service office in Newport, a mix of freezing rain or sleet is expected late Tuesday morning to early Tuesday afternoon before changing over to snow. The heaviest snowfall is expected Tuesday afternoon into Tuesday evening, with snowfall rates possibly exceeding one inch per hour at times during the storm.
When the storm finally begins to clear the coast Wednesday, it will leave behind 4 to 8 inches of snow, with some higher totals in localized areas.
The coastal storm is also expected to produce strong winds that could lead to minor coastal flooding along the southern Pamlico Sound and Neuse River.
The storm is expected to produce significant travel hazards with snow and ice accumulating on roads.
Cold temperatures will hang around Wednesday and Thursday, but the weather service predicts a warming trend by the weekend, with highs reaching into the 60s by Saturday.