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Snow on its way, 4-6 inches still expected

The latest update from the National Weather Service’s Newport/Morehead City office has not changed significantly since earlier today: all of Beaufort County can expect between 3 and 6 inches of snow overnight.

The western part of the county can expected 4 to 6 inches; and the eastern part, 3 to 4 inches, according to meteorologist Erik Heden.

The timing of the storm remains the same: rain will change to snow between 5 and 8 p.m. in western Beaufort County; between 8 and 11 p.m. in the east. The snow will continue through the night, until morning.

“It’s not going to necessarily end, it will lessen in intensity and could switch over to rain,” Heden said.

Friday’s high of about 40 degrees may melt some of the accumulated snow, but it will freeze again Friday night. With a high of 20 degrees expected in Greenville, 26 degrees in Belhaven, overnight Friday, any slush will refreeze, and driving conditions will be hazardous.

“If you wake up tomorrow morning and you have two three inches of snow, you will have the same problems on Saturday,” Heden said.

Another concern is that this will be a wet, heavy snow. That, combined with high winds may lead to power outages.