Winter storm bears down on the Outer Banks. Saturday Snow line forecast to move between Corolla and Kitty Hawk. Friday evening map.

The Outer Banks is in the bulls eye for some nasty weather this weekend. The only question is whether it’s going to be mostly rain with a little bit of snow, snow with a little bit of rain, some combination or sleet, freezing rain, rain and snow.

Looking at the forecast maps it looks as though Kitty Hawk to Nags Head is just about on the snow/rain line, so the forecast keeps moving from 1” to 1”-3” to 5”-8”. 

The latest—Friday night—is a very cold rain with about an inch of snow. 

Twenty-five miles north in Corolla, it’s a different story, with at least 3” forecast for Saturday, and maybe a bit more.

Whether it snows or almost snows, Saturday is going to be an interesting weather day. The wind is predicted to be from the the north to north east through the evening, with a windspeed around 30 mph with gusts to 50 mph. And seas will be running at 8’-12’. 

Since the storm formed over land, it’s not a true nor’easter, but it certainly has a lot of a nor’easter’s qualities.

The precipitation should be gone by Sunday but this storm is not done with its misery—the forecast high for Sunday in Kitty Hawk is 25; 24 in Corolla.

This is a temporary situation, though. By Tuesday the Outer Banks should be back to much more seasonal temperatures in the mid 50s.