Second Winter Snowstorm Blankets Outer Banks

Fort Raleigh National Historic Site on Roanoke Island after latest snowstorm. Photo, National Weather Service
Fort Raleigh National Historic Site on Roanoke Island after latest snowstorm. Photo, National Weather Service
Second Snowstorm in 2 Weeks Dumps Heavy Amounts of Snow

It’s official—the Outer Banks got more snow than any other place in North Carolina from our latest snowstorm.

Snow is an infrequent visitor to the Outer Banks, and to have two heavy snowfalls within two weeks of one another is just about unheard of.

This last snowstorm, though…it was a heck of a storm. ‘This band of snow will remain nearly stationary over the next couple hours,” the National Weather Service reported.

And Wow (!) did it dump some snow.

We’ve taken a look at the National Weather Service snowfall amounts for the region and nothing comes even close to the 9.9” reported at Roanoke Island Festival Park in Manteo. Except the 9.5” in Southern Shores…or the 7.5” in Nags Head.

Unlike the previous storm, though, there was no bitter cold with the snow. The roads, although not perfect, were not nearly as treacherous as they were during the previous storm where daytime temperatures never got above freezing for five days.

The weather is warming nicely now, and within another day or so, there will be much of anything left. We’re getting back to normal now. The extended forecast is calling for daytime temperatures in the mid 50s and nothing below freezing for at least another week.

National Weather Service Reporting Stations Snowfall Amounts January 17-18

         Location                                   Amount              Provider

2 NW Roanoke Island Festival        9.9 in    0741 AM 01/18   Public               

2 SE Southern Shores                        9.5 in    0700 AM 01/18   Public               

2 SSE Southern Shores                     9.0 in    0747 AM 01/18   Public               

1 SE Southern Shores                        7.5 in    0915 AM 01/18   Emergency Mngr       

1 WNW Roanoke Island Festival    7.5 in    0416 AM 01/18   Public               

1 NNW Nags Head                             7.5 in    0705 AM 01/18   COCORAHS             

1 SSE Wright Brothers Nation        7.0 in    0901 AM 01/18   Public               

      

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