February 6-7, 2014 Light Snow Event
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....
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
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
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
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
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.