As much as three-tenths of an inch of snow is expected Wednesday night as a cold front moves through the area this week.

Don’t pack up the ice scraper just yet. Snow is on the forecast Wednesday night.

And although it might cover your car, this snowfall may not mean another snow day for ENC.

Temperatures Thursday should have any accumulation cleared out by the afternoon, and accumulation is expected to amount to less than half an inch.

Wednesday will bring rain for the most part, according to National Weather Service meteorologist Bel Melendez.

“Wednesday night we’ll have a mix of rain with snow, and then as we continue, we probably will transition to some snow,” Melendez said.

The snow is coming behind a cold front moving through the area this week, allowing for freezing temperatures.

“It’s more behind the cold front, and that’s where the cooling temperatures can occur and this is where we can get the mixed precipitation,” Melendez said.

The transition period as of Monday’s forecast is expected to be small, not allowing for ice accumulation, Melendez said.

“Probably with the transition to snow, we’ll see some sleet, but that’s more minimal,” Melendez said.

In fact, accumulation levels aren’t expected to be very much. Jacksonville will get one-tenth of an inch of snow, New Bern will get two-tenths and Kinston will get three-tenths an inch.

Things will turn around by Thursday, though, as sunny conditions and highs near 40 degrees will melt any snow.

The high in Jacksonville Thursday is 40 degrees, 39 degrees in Kinston and 38 degrees in New Bern.

“By Thursday daytime things will be cleared out, obviously with the temperatures things will be melting,” Melendez said.

There will still be some travel impact, however, especially in elevated areas like bridges and exit ramps although it will be a light snow.

“We’re not thinking much accumulation, if at all,” Melendez said.

 

Reporter Kelsey Stiglitz can be reached at 910-219-8453 or kstiglitz@JDNews.com.