National Weather Service United States Department of Commerce

February 6-7, 2014 Light Snow Event 

 

Summary

 

A fast moving, mid-level disturbance led to a quick one to two inches of snow across central portions of the Newport/Morehead City County Warning Area (Figure 1) with some sleet reported near the coast. New Bern reported 1.5 inches of snow, while numerous locations in Craven, Onslow and Pamlico Counties reported over an inch, as did a couple of locations on the Outer Banks. The approaching disturbance enhanced lift across eastern North Carolina (Figure 2), and with temperatures near or just above freezing, the precipitation was able to overcome an initially dry lower atmosphere, and fall heavily for a 2 to 3 hour period (Figure 3) leading to the light accumulation. The brief heavy snowfall led to slick roads, especially in Onslow, Craven and Pamlico Counties.  Many schools in the region went to a 2 hour delay for Friday morning February 7, as slick spots remained on area roadways into Friday morning. 

 

   

  Figure 1. Visible Satellite Image from Thursday morning February 7, 2014, shows location of 1 to 2 inches of snow over inland eastern North Carolina.

 

   

  Figure 2. Global Forecast System (GFS) model depicting strong lift in yellow, approaching eastern North Carolina at 7 pm (00 GMT) Thursday February 7.

 

     

  Figure 3. Radar image at 12:10 AM February 7, 2014 showing a band of heavy snow over Pamlico County, where up to 2 inches was reported.

 

  PRELIMINARY LOCAL STORM REPORT...SUMMARY

NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE NEWPORT/MOREHEAD CITY NC
1239 AM EST FRI FEB 07 2014

..TIME...   ...EVENT...      ...CITY LOCATION...     ...LAT.LON...
..DATE...   ....MAG....      ..COUNTY LOCATION..ST.. ...SOURCE....
            ..REMARKS..

1025 PM     SNOW             WARSAW                  35.00N  78.09W
02/06/2014  U0.0 INCH        DUPLIN             NC   NWS OFFICE      

            HAM REPORT OF LIGHT TO MODERATE SNOW ON I-40 IN WARSAW 
            RELAYED BY NWS ILM. 

1030 PM     SNOW             RICHLANDS               34.90N  77.55W
02/06/2014  U0.0 INCH        ONSLOW             NC   EMERGENCY MNGR  

            ONSLOW COUNTY EM REPORTED LIGHT TO MODERATE SNOW IN 
            RICHLANDS WITH NO ACCUMULATION. 

1040 PM     SNOW             BEULAVILLE              34.92N  77.77W
02/06/2014  U0.0 INCH        DUPLIN             NC   BROADCAST MEDIA 

            MODERATE TO HEAVY SNOW REPORTED IN BEULAVILLE RELAYED 
            BY BROADCAST MEDIA. 

1050 PM     SNOW             PERRYTOWN               35.06N  77.09W
02/06/2014  U0.0 INCH        CRAVEN             NC   CO-OP OBSERVER  

            SNOW REPORTED IN PERRYTOWN BY COOP OBSERVER. 

1050 PM     SNOW             OLYMPIA                 35.14N  76.97W
02/06/2014  U0.0 INCH        PAMLICO            NC   BROADCAST MEDIA 

            SNOW OCCURRING IN PAMLICO COUNTY BETWEEN OLYMPIA AND 
            ALLIANCE. RELAYED BY BROADCAST MEDIA. 

1052 PM     SNOW             STELLA                  34.77N  77.14W
02/06/2014  U0.0 INCH        CARTERET           NC   BROADCAST MEDIA 

            SNOW REPORTED IN STELLA. 

1055 PM     SNOW             RICHLANDS               34.90N  77.55W
02/06/2014  M0.5 INCH        ONSLOW             NC   EMERGENCY MNGR  

            HALF OF AN INCH ON GROUND IN RICHLANDS REPORTED BY 
            COUNTY EM. 

1100 PM     SNOW             RICHLANDS               34.90N  77.55W
02/06/2014  U0.0 INCH        ONSLOW             NC   911 CALL CENTER 

            ONSLOW 911 CALLED TO REPORT RICHLANDS HIGHWAY 258 WAS 
            BECOMING SLUSHY WITH SOME SNOW ACCUMULATION. THEY ALSO 
            REPORTED VISIBILITY WAS VERY POOR ON HIGHWAY 17 NORTH 
            NEAR MAYSVILLE. 

1106 PM     FLURRIES         SWANQUARTER             35.40N  76.32W
02/06/2014                   HYDE               NC   BROADCAST MEDIA 

            SNOW FLURRIES REPORTED IN SWANQUARTER 

1115 PM     SNOW             BEULAVILLE              34.92N  77.77W
02/06/2014  E1.0 INCH        DUPLIN             NC   BROADCAST MEDIA 

            REPORT RELAYED BY BROADCAST MEDIA OF ALMOST 1 INCH IN 
            BEULAVILLE 

1132 PM     SNOW             WALLACE                 34.73N  78.00W
02/06/2014  U0.0 INCH        DUPLIN             NC   NWS OFFICE      

            I-40 COVERED IN SNOW AT NC 11 NEAR WALLACE RIGHT ON THE 
            DUPLIN PENDER LINE. 

1142 PM     SNOW             SLADESVILLE             35.46N  76.47W
02/06/2014  E0.0 INCH        HYDE               NC   SPOTTER         

            DUSTING OF SNOW ON GROUND IN SLADESVILLE. 

1157 PM     SNOW             GREENVILLE              35.60N  77.37W
02/06/2014  U0.0 INCH        PITT               NC   BROADCAST MEDIA 

            SLEET MIXING WITH SNOW IN GREENVILLE. 

1200 AM     SNOW             TRENT WOODS             35.08N  77.10W
02/07/2014  E1.2 INCH        CRAVEN             NC   SPOTTER         

            1.25 INCH OF SNOW IN TRENT WOODS 

1201 AM     SLEET            HARKERS ISLAND          34.70N  76.56W
02/07/2014  U0.0 INCH        CARTERET           NC   BROADCAST MEDIA 

            SLEET AND SNOW IN HARKERS ISLAND 

1206 AM     SNOW             JACKSONVILLE            34.76N  77.40W
02/07/2014  E0.5 INCH        ONSLOW             NC   DEPT OF HIGHWAYS

            ONSLOW COUNTY DOT REPORTED A HALF OF INCH OF SNOW 
            COVERING RAODS IN JACKSONVILLE. 

1206 AM     SNOW             SLADESVILLE             35.46N  76.47W
02/07/2014  M0.8 INCH        HYDE               NC   SPOTTER         

            SPOTTER REPORTED ALMOST AN INCH 0.75 OF SNOW IN 
            SLADESVILLE. 

1213 AM     SNOW             WHORTONSVILLE           35.11N  76.63W
02/07/2014  M1.0 INCH        PAMLICO            NC   SPOTTER         

            SPOTTER REPORTED 1 INCH OF SNOW IN WHORTONSVILLE. 

1222 AM     SNOW             NEW BERN                35.12N  77.08W
02/07/2014  M1.5 INCH        CRAVEN             NC   BROADCAST MEDIA 

            AVAREAGE SNOW DEPTH MEASURED IN NEW BERN.