Winter Storm watch issued for eastern, coastal North Carolina

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NEWPORT, Carteret County - The National Weather Service has issued a winter storm watch for much of eastern North Carolina, including our entire coverage area.

The watch is in effect for Wednesday, and forecasters say areas east of Interstate 95 will see measurable snowfall. A statement from the weather service office in Raleigh said the heaviest snow will fall between 9 p.m. and midnight Wednesday.

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     The forecast says up to 3 inches (7 cm) of snow is possible along and east of a line from Scotland Neck to Rocky Mount to Goldsboro and all points east. However, forecasters also painted a worst-case scenario which has precipitation falling as far west as Greensboro and Albemarle.      Once the snow stops, forecasters are warning of ice on streets and highways.

The National Weather Service issued a wind chill advisory for 75 of the state's 100 counties for Tuesday morning. Wind chill readings as low as minus-15 were expected in the mountains. A reading of 2 was reported in New Bern, with 13 in Raleigh.

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Many schools planned to open two hours later than usual because of the cold.      Duke Energy reported about 6,300 customers without service Tuesday morning. The most serious problems were reported Lee and Randolph counties, west and southwest of Raleigh.


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St. Peter's Catholic School, Greenville

St. Peter's Catholic School, located at 2606 E 5th St, in Greenville, will be letting out school on Wednesday at 11:30 a.m. There will be no other school activities (the school currently isn't listed in our closings and delays system).


From Naval Medical Center Camp Lejeune

Beginning 03 January, Naval Medical Center Camp Lejeune (NMCCL) will take precautionary measures in preparation of the forecasted winter weather for Onslow County.

NMCCL will have normal operations Wednesday morning until 1100.  After that time, only essential personnel will stay on-board through Friday morning, 05 Jan.  The Emergency Department, Labor and Delivery, laboratory, pharmacy and wards will operate with essential personnel only during that time.   All outpatient clinics will be closed for routine patient appointments; NMCCL will return to normal operations and normal reporting times on 05 Jan. 

Patients with appointments during this affected time period may reschedule through Relay Health at or by calling the appointment line at (910) 450-4357.  Please monitor the NMCCL Facebook page as well as Camp Lejeune’s Facebook page for updates.



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Tryon Palace

Tryon Palace and the North Carolina History Center will be closed to the public on Wednesday, Jan. 3 due to the potential inclement weather expected to impact Eastern North Carolina and to ensure the safety of visitors, staff and volunteers.   Updates regarding hours for Thursday, Jan. 4 will be announced at 3 p.m. on Wednesday, Jan. 3 online at and on all Tryon Palace Social Media platforms. 

For more information call 252-639-3500 or visit


East Carolina University

ECU administrators are monitoring the approaching winter storm. The National Weather Service has issued a Winter Storm Warning for Greenville/Pitt County beginning noon Wednesday, Jan. 3 to 7 a.m. Thursday, Jan. 4.     Mixed wintry precipitation is expected to impact Pitt County and eastern North Carolina beginning Wednesday afternoon through early Thursday to include the possibility of 3-5 inches of snow and up to one-tenth of an inch of ice.      Conditions experienced by individuals will vary, and everyone is responsible for their own actions and safety.     Those planning to travel back to campus later this week should monitor forecasts for the Greenville/Pitt County area since this storm is expected to produce winter storm conditions for the areas east of I-95 more so than central and western North Carolina.      The next announcement will be made by 10 a.m., Wednesday, Jan. 3, if there are any further changes in the university schedule. This information will be posted on, as well as posted on ECU's official Facebook and Twitter accounts.     The Brody School of Medicine and the School of Dental Medicine will contact students regarding class schedules. 

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