Not as much snOBX expected now, but still cold and windy this weekend

The latest forecasts for northeastern North Carolina and the Outer Banks are now calling for less snow, but it is still going to be cold and windy this weekend as a powerful nor’easter forms offshore and then sprints up the East Coast.

A Winter Storm Watch remains in effect starting Friday night for north of Oregon Inlet, and inland areas along the Albemarle Sound into southeastern Virginia, as wintry precipitation is expected to move into the region starting early Saturday and lasting into the afternoon.

The National Weather Service says after starting as rain Friday evening, precipitation will transition to light snow after midnight that could make travel hazardous by reducing visibilities and making roads and especially bridges slippery.

One to two inches of snow most likely along and north of U.S. 64 up to the state line, on Roanoke Island and from Nags Head to Corolla. A dusting to less than an inch is possible further south, but there will likely be no accumulation south of Oregon Inlet.

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.

Northerly winds of up to 30 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.

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.

National Weather Service forecast for Nags Head, as of Thursday evening:

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