First Alert Weather: Showers and tumbling temperatures today; cold rain Thursday will transition to snow by late in the day


SUMMARY: A departing cold front today will mean some scattered showers through the afternoon and gusty northeast winds of 15-30 mph. Temperatures will crash through the afternoon with showers subsiding overnight. However, a new coastal low by Thursday will provide a cold rain during the day and measurable snowfall overnight. A “First Alert Weather Day” has been issued for Thursday into Friday morning.

WEDNESDAY: An exiting cold front will provide mostly cloudy skies and scattered showers to the forecast today. Temperatures will level off through the mid 50s this morning followed by a tumble into the 40s by the afternoon. Northeast winds will be quite breezy averaging 15-30 mph, including gusts.

TONIGHT: Mostly cloudy skies remain in place along with a few showers, especially along the coast. Winds will dial back inland while staying breezy along the Crystal Coast and OBX. Lows will bottom out in the 30s and low 40s.

THURSDAY NIGHT INTO FRIDAY MORNING: A deepening coastal low will push just offshore during the day Thursday. That coastal low will couple with above freezing temperatures during the first half of Thursday meaning just a cold rain for the morning and early afternoon. However, as temperatures cool heading into the late afternoon, evening and overnight we will see a transition over to all snow, especially for inland communities. Winds will also be very strong with gusts upwards of 50 mph which could create some minor coastal flooding. By the time all is said and done late Friday morning snowfall totals will average 1-4″ across ENC. The highest totals look to be forecast for central-eastern North Carolina. More information will become available on this system later this afternoon. At that point we will be able to fine tune the track and exact snow totals . Keep in mind, snowfall totals will be highly dependent on the low pressure track. Stay tuned and up to date on the latest forecast on-air and online.

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