GREENVILLE, N.C. (WNCT) — It’s snowed. Lots of it.
The WNCT Storm Team 9 group of meteorologists have been saying all week to anticipate anything from ice, snow, sleet and freezing rain. A Winter Storm Warning is in effect for a good portion of Eastern North Carolina while an Ice Storm Warning is in effect for the southern half of ENC.
Many parts of ENC have received snow with a lot of areas getting two inches or more. Some of the northern counties are reporting up to six inches and more.
WNCT had crews out monitoring the weather and conditions on Friday and they will be doing the same on Saturday. In addition, our team of meteorologists will have the latest on the storm on WNCT-TV and at WNCT.com.
Most of the power outages in and around Eastern NC have been fixed. Carteret-Craven Electric Coop had over 1,000 at one point. There are still outages regarding Duke Energy and Edgecombe-Martin County EMC.
We had some impressive snow totals around ENC. Enjoy it, everyone.
We’ve created a separate story for all of our viewer-submitted photos. Feel free to click here to see them and to find out how you can submit yours.
In case you missed it, here’s the forecast for Saturday.
WNCT’s Claire Molle filed this report from Greenville on the conditions as residents wake up to a winter wonderland of snow.
The snow is tapering off and the temperatures will begin to rise some. We’ll see some sun eventually but for now, it’s best to stay indoors and let the road plows do their work to get the streets and highways clear for driving again. Click here to get the latest on the forecast.
As far as power outages are concerned, ENC has been pretty fortunate. Almost 10,000 customers are without power, including over 1,500 outages reported by Carteret-Craven Electric Coop and over 8,600 reported by Duke Energy, which covers most of the state.
4 a.m. Saturday
That snow you were wondering if it would ever come … look outside.
Much of Eastern North Carolina has received anywhere from a trace to as much as six inches of snow. After a day filled with freezing rain and sleet, the snow finally began to fall in a vast amount after midnight. Weather reports and viewers have told us they’ve seen the snow come down in bunches. It has been piling up on the ground, on vehicles and on the trees.
Below are some viewer photos we’ve seen. If you’d like to share your photos, reach out to us at firstname.lastname@example.org. We’ll have a consent form we have to send back to you in order to get your legal permission to use them. Once that little step is complete, we can share your pictures with everyone else.
So enjoy the snow. It only usually comes around once a year and it looks like we got more than enough this time around.
11:45 p.m. Friday
The snow that we’ve been forecasting is really starting to come down now. Places like Greenville, Wilson, Williamston and Washington have seen it come down a lot. Areas to the south were either starting to see it snow or will really soon.
10 p.m. Friday
The anticipated snow that was to hit parts of Eastern North Carolina had not happened as of 10 p.m. Friday. Instead, so far, there was lots of sleet and ice. In areas south like Jacksonville, frigid temperatures, ice and lots of wrecks were the main story. Watch the above video for the latest and check out the weather forecast below for what we can expect overnight.
If you need a good laugh, check out this funny post to Facebook by the NCDOT.
Onslow County Government reported on its Facebook page, “Onslow Solid Waste, the landfill, and waste collection convenience sites will be closed Saturday, January 22, 2022 due to inclement weather. The landfill and convenience sites will reopen on Monday for normal business hours, weather permitting.”
Power outages are starting to be reported across North Carolina, especially in areas of Craven and Carteret counties. PowerOutage.us is reporting that Carteret-Craven Electric Coop reported 222 power outages as of 8:43 p.m. Duke Energy, which serves 3.5 million people across the state, has 980 power outages as of 8:40 p.m.
There are more reports of ice coming down in areas like Greenville, Winterville and Washington. The threat for more winter weather, from ice to snow, will continue into Saturday, according to WNCT meteorologist Zoe Mintz.
SWANSBORO — A vehicle went off the bridge in Swansboro early Friday night but, luckily, nobody was injured.
WNCT’s Claire Curry reports the incident happened around 7 p.m. A vehicle landed in the water and, initially, a water rescue was called, according to Onslow County Sheriff’s Office Col. Chris Thomas. The water rescue was soon called off when all the individuals in the vehicle exited.
Norman Bryson, director of Emergency Services in Onslow County, said none of the people needed to be transported to the hospital.
Officials encouraged people to stay home and off the roads as ice was building up in many parts of Eastern North Carolina while snow was beginning to pile up in the northern counties.
The Jacksonville Government Facebook page reports the Jacksonville bypass has been closed due to icy conditions.
You can check out our Live Eye 9 cameras from different locations in Eastern North Carolina for a live look at conditions.
The Bridgeton Police Department posted to Facebook, “Please be aware, the DOT has closed the bridges in New Bern. Please stay home and off the roads.”
The Town of Morehead City is reporting on Facebook, “Ice is starting to accumulate in Morehead City. Be prepared for power outages. If you’re out and about please drive carefully.”
WNCT’s Claire Molle and Cheyenne Pagan had live reports on the conditions in Pitt and Onslow counties. Some snow has been seen in Pitt County while ice and traffic accidents have been seen a lot in Jacksonville and other parts of Onslow County. See the above video for more details.
Power companies tell WNCT’s Erin Jenkins they are hoping for the best but prepared for the worst should the power go out where you live.
Jacksonville Public Safety is reporting several crashes on its Facebook page due to ice in that part of Onslow County.
WNCN’s Nick Sturdivant was in Nash County during our 5:30 newscast and reports snow is beginning to stick to the grounds there.
WAVY’s Brett Hall was live with WNCT during our 5 p.m. newscast to describe the conditions in Elizabeth City. Snow has been falling there and was beginning to stick to the ground.
As the winter weather approaches ENC, flights at the airports in Jacksonville and Greenville have been canceled for Friday. Airport officials we spoke with said they are prepared for whatever winter weather we get during the weekend.
The NC Department of Transportation is warning people to stay off the roads as the winter weather comes this way.
Jacksonville Public Safety posted this notice to its Facebook page:
“We are starting to see increased freezing rain in the area which is effecting roadway conditions. We ask the motoring public to stay home if you do not need to be out on the road right now. Several bridges in the city and other roadways are accumulating ice which has resulted in multiple collisions. NC DOT is actively salting the roadways, but the freezing rain is continuing to come down.”
It’s snowing … at least in some parts of NC. Flurries are reported to be falling in areas north of Greenville such as Tarboro and Windsor. Some brief flakes have fallen in Greenville but nothing major yet. Hold on tight people, here it comes.
Meteorologist Alex Wasilenko has the latest on the winter weather event.
12: 30 p.m.
WNCT had the latest on the winter weather in Eastern North Carolina. Emily Cerarich and Cheyenne Pagan were live during our noon news with the latest details.
Governor Roy Cooper and state officials are advising residents to not let their guard down, as the worst part of this winter storm is still to come later today and tomorrow. Click here to find out what he is advising what residents should do.
Click here to watch our noon newscast to get the latest on the weather situation and live reports from our reporters about the conditions around ENC.
Due to inclement weather, Jacksonville Mall will be closed today, Friday, January 21st.
Alex Wasilenko has the latest forecast from the Storm Team 9 Weather Center. He’ll have more updates here, on our Facebook page and at noon on 9OYS News.
The Winter Shrine Ceremonial in New Bern for this weekend is POSTPONED due to the weather. It is rescheduled for January 28th and 29th.
Airports have been adjusting to the oncoming winter weather, canceling many flights on Friday. Albert J. Ellis Airport in Onslow County had one of its last Delta flights take off just before 6 a.m.
Pitt-Greenville Airport has seen its arrivals from Charlotte canceled for Friday. There are no departures from PGV scheduled for Friday.
Vidant Health issued this notice about its facilities and access to its free virtual care option.
Due to expected inclement weather, some Vidant Health clinics and services, including the Greenville COVID drive-thru testing site, will be closed Friday, Jan. 21. Impacted patients will be notified directly.
As a reminder, VidantNow, Vidant’s virtual care option for those needing non-emergent care, is currently available for free. VidantNow allows patients to speak directly with a doctor 24/7 via phone or any device that has internet access.
Conditions such as sinus infection, upper respiratory infection, bronchitis, urinary tract infection, ear infection, sore throat, cough, strep throat, influenza (flu), conjunctivitis (pink eye) and cystitis can be treated virtually.
To utilize VidantNow, please visit VidantHealth.com/VidantNow or call toll-free 888-575-2522 for a virtual visit. Please remember to stay safe and stay home if possible during the predicted inclement weather.
Emily Cervarich has been out and about Friday morning checking on conditions and preparations. She filed a report, which you can see in the video above.
Emily Cervarich had a live report during our 9OYS morning news about the conditions in Greenville. She was seeing some light rain and gusty winds but no winter perception yet. The bulk of the storm was anticipated later Friday.