A winter storm warning goes into effect at 7 a.m. Friday for Beaufort, Dare, mainland Hyde, Martin, Tyrrell and Washington counties. A winter storm advisory goes into effect at 7 a.m. Friday for the rest of Eastern Carolina. The threats are snow, sleet and freezing rain.
Scattered thunderstorms and rain showers will plague the east through the remainder of the day. The severe weather threat in eastern Carolina is low, but the amount of moisture in the atmosphere will result in brief heavy downpours under these thunderstorms. Additionally, strong wind gusts and an isolated tornado cannot be ruled out.
The latest data has indicated the location with the greatest risk for severe weather is in the western part of North Carolina. A cold front will gradually push to the coast on Wednesday with most of the moisture moving offshore by late in the day. Dry and warm conditions can be expected at the end of the week.