Northeastern North Carolina and the northern Outer Banks are waking up to another snowy Saturday, with more expected through the day followed by bone-chilling cold temperatures thanks to a nor’easter moving up the coast.
A slushy coating in grassy surfaces can be seen in traffic cameras in Kitty Hawk and Southern Shores, while up to an inch of snow has accumulated on the Currituck beaches and mainland.
U.S. 158 and N.C. 168 and other roads in Currituck are just wet to partially covered with snow that fell overnight.
Light snow has continued to fall across the region this morning, and will eventually taper off as skies clear in the early afternoon.
Wright Brothers National Memorial will reopen at 12 p.m. today.
📸 A small accumulation of snow on Big Kill Devil Hill. pic.twitter.com/YANoCElG72
— Wright Brothers National Memorial (@WrightBrosNPS) January 29, 2022
There were even some snowflakes spotted this morning at the Cape Hatteras Lighthouse in Buxton, which missed out on last weekend’s snow altogether.
Had to use the vegetation as a backdrop for the flurry activity near the lighthouse!@SamWalkerOBX @mikeseidel @weatherchannel @JMorrowweather @CapeHatterasNPS @OuterBanksVoice pic.twitter.com/H3j9IBBSOf
— Janet Morrow Dawson – Cape Hatteras Motel (@JanetMDawson) January 29, 2022
“Road conditions may still pose challenges due to snow and ice that will be with us until temperatures rise and stay above freezing,” said Dare County Emergency Management Director Drew Pearson.
“Below freezing temperatures and high winds will lead to frigid wind chills this weekend,” Pearson said. “If you are out dress for the weather and take it slow on the roads.”
UPDATE: The Currituck-Knotts Island Ferry has now suspended operations due to icy conditions. pic.twitter.com/bwkBUcWsD6
— NCDOT Ferry Division (@NCDOT_Ferry) January 29, 2022
A Winter Weather Advisory is in effect for most of the region, with a Winter Storm Warning for Currituck County, including Corolla, as wintry precipitation is expected to last into the afternoon.
A Wind Advisory, High Surf Advisory and Coastal Flood Advisory are in effect for the Outer Banks.
North to northwest winds of up to 30 to 40 mph with higher gusts are likely, which will cause minor soundside flooding of very low areas on Hatteras and Ocracoke is also possible of up to 2 feet of inundation.
Minor ocean overwash over very vulnerable dune structures is possible from Oregon Inlet to Cape Point. The four-wheel drive area north of Corolla may also be inaccessible at high tide which are at 5 p.m. Saturday and 5:30 a.m. Sunday.
Final graphical briefings from the National Weather Service:
After the snow tapers off in the afternoon, overnight lows will drop into the 20s on the northern beaches and teens inland that will result in a hard freeze of any wet surfaces Sat night. Black ice possible. Wind chill values will be as low as the single digits.
To find your local forecast, click https://www.weather.gov/mhx/.
Stay with the OBX Today Weather Center, Beach 104, Big 94.5 WCMS, 99.1 The Sound and Z 92.3 for all the latest info.
NCDOT cameras in the region
N.C. 168 at Pudding Ridge Road, Moyock
N.C. 168 at Food Lion, Moyock
N.C. 168/N.C. 34, Sligo
U.S. 158/N.C. 168, Barco
Wright Memorial Bridge east approach/Barlow Lane/Martin’s Point
U.S. 158 at Kitty Hawk Road
N.C. 12 at East Dogwood, Southern Shores
N.C. 12 at Currituck Club, Corolla
Capt. William Etheridge Bridge, Pea Island
Sandy Bay/Isabel’s Inlet north of Hatteras village
Alligator River Bridge
Pasquotank River Bridge, Elizabeth City
Closings, cancellations, delays:
National Park Service
Wright Brothers National Memorial and the visitor centers at Fort Raleigh National Historic Site and the Bodie Island Light Station will reopen at 12 p.m. today.
Dare County Public Works Department
The Dare County Public Works Department has announced that the Manns Harbor Transfer Station and C&D Landfill as well as the Buxton Transfer Station will be closed on Saturday, January 29, 2022, due to the inclement weather that is forecast to occur.
For more information, contact Dare County Public Works Director Shanna Fullmer at 252-475-5844 or Shanna.Fullmer@DareNC.com
Dare County Library Closures
All three branches of the Dare County Library will be closed on Saturday, January 29, 2022, due to the inclement weather that is forecast. No overdue fines will be charged on days the libraries are closed.
The Dare County Library also reminds customers that eBooks and eAudiobooks and other forms of digital content are available 24/7 and can be accessed from the comfort of their home. To access this digital content, click the button below.
For more information, contact your local Dare County Library branch at the following numbers.
- Manteo: 252-473-2372
- Hatteras: 252-986-2385
- Kill Devil Hills: 252-441-4331
Dare County Parks and Recreation
Northern Beach Division and Roanoke Island/Mainland Division
Dare County Parks and Recreation has announced that all basketball games scheduled to take place on Saturday, January 29, 2022, have been canceled. This includes all games at both the Northern Beach Division in Kill Devil Hills and the Roanoke Island/Mainland Division in Manteo.
(Hatteras Island Division) Fessenden Center
No regularly scheduled basketball games are planned to take place at the Fessenden Center in Buxton on Saturday, January 29, 2022. However, the basketball games that are scheduled to be held at the Fessenden Center in Buxton beginning at 2 p.m. on Sunday, January 30, 2022, are currently still scheduled.
If the Fessenden Center’s Sunday basketball games must be canceled due to inclement weather, a decision will be made by noon on Sunday, January 30, 2022. An announcement regarding any cancellations will be posted on the Fessenden Center’s Facebook page, so please check back for updated information as it becomes available.
Town of Kitty Hawk
Due to inclement weather the Town’s Recycle Center located at 4190 Bob Perry Road will be closed on Saturday, January 29. Regular hours will resume on Monday.
Town of Kill Devil Hills
The Town of Kill Devil Hills Recycle Center and Dry Trash Drop-Off Center will be closed Saturday, January 29, 2022, due to expected inclement weather. Both centers are planned to reopen on Monday, January 31, 2022, at 8:00 a.m.
Town of Nags Head
Bulk item/brush collection yard will be closed on Saturday, January 29, 2022 due to weather, but it will reopen at 9 am on Monday, January 31, 2022.
Due to the forecast for inclement weather, all eight solid waste Convenience and Recycling Centers in Currituck County will be closed on Saturday, Jan. 29, 2022. The facilities will reopen on Sunday, Jan. 30 if the weather and road conditions allow.
The Solid Waste Transfer Station in Currituck County will be closed on Saturday and Sunday, Jan. 29-30. The Transfer Station will reopen on Monday, Jan. 31.
The Moyock Welcome Center and the Corolla Visitors Center will be closed on Saturday, Jan. 29, 2022. These facilities will reopen on Monday, Jan. 31.