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.... ..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.