Wilmington winter weather live update: Snow melts as sun appears by midday Saturday

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Noon: Sun comes out in Wilmington as snow melts

Snow falls around the Cape Fear Memorial Bridge in downtown Wilmington, N.C., Saturday, January 29, 2022. The area received a light snowfall on Saturday morning.   [MATT BORN/STARNEWS]
Snow falls around the Cape Fear Memorial Bridge in downtown Wilmington, N.C., Saturday, January 29, 2022. The area received a light snowfall on Saturday morning. [MATT BORN/STARNEWS]

Much of the snow that accumulated from an overnight storm has melted as temperatures rose above freezing Saturday.

The high Saturday is around 42 degrees, and as the morning went on, the sun began to come out, allowing the less than half an inch of snow accumulation to begin melting.

The rest of the day Saturday will be mostly cloudy and breezy, with wind gusts as high as 32 mph and a wind chill around 24 degrees, according to the National Weather Service. Overnight lows Saturday into Sunday could get down to 19 degrees, but Saturday night and Sunday are expected to be clear.

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This is the final update from the StarNews on weather conditions in Wilmington. We will monitor conditions and share breaking news if it occurs.

9:30 a.m.: Wilmington area sees less than half an inch of snow accumulation

Preliminary reports from the National Weather Service show snow accumulation in Wilmington stayed under half an inch Saturday.

The National Weather Service in Wilmington is still in the process of collecting data as snowfall slows, said meteorologist Stephen Keebler, but initial reports show less than half an inch of snow accumulated in Wilmington.

Franklin Long poses next to a snowman he helped make in downtown Wilmington, N.C., Saturday, January 29, 2022. The area received a light snowfall on Saturday morning.   [MATT BORN/STARNEWS]
Franklin Long poses next to a snowman he helped make in downtown Wilmington, N.C., Saturday, January 29, 2022. The area received a light snowfall on Saturday morning. [MATT BORN/STARNEWS]

Keebler said the snow was "essentially over" as of 9:30 a.m., and he anticipated skies would begin to clear within the hour. Temperatures above freezing throughout the day would melt any snow accumulation that occurred overnight.

Saturday and Sunday will remain cold and windy, Keebler said, but Wilmington will see warmer weather throughout next week.

6:30 a.m. Saturday: Snow likely throughout morning, then will switch to rain

Snow has begun to fall in the Cape Fear, but it likely won't last long, the National Weather Service predicts.

Temperatures were around 35 degrees Saturday morning and snow was expected before noon, then would switch to rain between noon and 1 p.m. The high is expected to be around 41 degrees, according to the National Weather Service in Wilmington.

Snow falls in downtown Wilmington, N.C., Saturday, January 29, 2022. The area received a light snowfall on Saturday morning.   [MATT BORN/STARNEWS]
Snow falls in downtown Wilmington, N.C., Saturday, January 29, 2022. The area received a light snowfall on Saturday morning. [MATT BORN/STARNEWS]

Chances of accumulation decreased to less than half an inch. Wind gusts will be around 10 to 18 mph, but some gusts could reach up to 32 mph, with wind chill making temperatures feel around 28 degrees.

The morning will be cloudy but will gradually clear for a sunny afternoon in Wilmington, according to the National Weather Service.

8 p.m.: Friday night rain expected to change to snow

Rain is expected to transition to a mix of rain and snow as temperatures drop in Wilmington Friday night, with less than an inch of accumulation expected.

Precipitation began around 3 p.m. Friday and is expected to continue through the night and until around noon Saturday. As temperatures drop in the evening hours, a chance of rain and some flurries is expected for the area from around 1 a.m. to 11 a.m. Saturday.

Temperatures Saturday and Sunday are expected to rise to the 40s during the day, but the National Weather Service predicts lows well below freezing both nights, which could produce black ice.

4 p.m.: Wilmington could see half an inch of snow

The Wilmington area could get up to half an inch of snow overnight Friday, with accumulations of an inch in inland counties if the current forecast from the National Weather Service holds.

Victoria Oliva, meteorologist with the National Weather Service Wilmington, said a winter weather advisory has been issued for Bladen and Robeson counties from 1-10 a.m.

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Rain began falling in Wilmington shortly after 3 p.m. Friday. According to current forecasts, the rain is expected to continue through the afternoon and evening, and could turn to snow in the early morning hours.

The wintry weather is expected to last through the weekend.

8:30 a.m.: Black ice could be a problem this weekend

Wilmington could see more winter weather this weekend.

Rain is expected to start in the mid-to-late afternoon today, possibly turning to snow in the early morning hours Saturday.

The weather service advised to plan on slippery road conditions, and to slow down and use caution while traveling.

"The bigger story will be the very cold air arriving Saturday," the NWS tweeted Thursday night, with temperatures dropping into the low 20s in Wilmington and into the teens in inland areas, and "northerly winds dropping the wind chill to around 10 degrees."

Temperatures are expected to warm to around 40 degrees Saturday, but chilly evening temperatures could lead to black ice Saturday night and into Sunday morning.

Contact John Staton at 910-343-2343 or John.Staton@StarNewsOnline.com.

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