NWS issues Winter Storm Warning

Published 3:59 pm Thursday, January 20, 2022

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The National Weather Service in Wakefield, VA has placed the majority of the Roanoke-Chowan area under a Winter Storm Warning. That warning – which is in effect from 7 am Friday until 10 am Saturday – covers Bertie, Gates, and Hertford counties, as well as areas to our north, south, and east.

As of 4 pm today (Thursday), Northampton County remains under a Winter Weather Advisory.

The NWS is forecasting snow accumulations of 4 to 7 inches along with a light glazing of ice in the Winter Storm Warning area.

For the Winter Weather Advisory area, mixed precipitation expected. Total snow accumulations of 1 to 3 inches is expected along with ice accumulations of a light glaze.

The weather could make travel very difficult. If you must travel, keep an extra flashlight, food, and water in your vehicle in case of an emergency.

Slow down and use caution while traveling.

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The official NWS-Wakefield forecast for the local area calls for rain and snow before 2 am on Thursday night/Friday morning followed by a period of snow and freezing rain between 2-4 am. The low temperature will be around 23 degrees. The chance of precipitation is 80%. Little or no ice accumulation is expected. New snow accumulation of less than one inch is possible.

On Friday, there is a chance of snow and freezing rain between 7-10 am, then snow likely for the remainder of the day. The high temperature will be in the upper 20’s with a north wind 13-15 mph with gusts as high as 24 mph. Little or no ice accumulation is expected. New snow accumulation of 1 to 2 inches is possible.

The snow continues overnight Friday where an additional 2-to-4 inches is possible in the Warning area. The low temperature will be around 20 degrees.

There’s a 30 percent chance that the snow will linger into Saturday morning where accumulation of less than a half inch is possible. Saturday’s high will be in the mid-30’s with skies clearing in the afternoon.

Saturday night will be frigid with a low around 16 degrees.

Sunday’s forecast calls for mostly sunny skies and a high of 40 degrees. The low will be in the upper teens.

About Cal Bryant

Cal Bryant, a 40-year veteran of the newspaper industry, serves as the Editor at Roanoke-Chowan Publications, publishers of the Roanoke-Chowan News-Herald, Gates County Index, and Front Porch Living magazine.

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