RALEIGH, N.C. -- The National Weather Service has issued a winter storm watch for much of eastern North Carolina.

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The watch is in effect for Wednesday, and forecasters say areas east of Interstate 95 will see measurable snowfall.

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A statement from the weather service office in Raleigh said the heaviest snow will fall between 9 p.m. and midnight Wednesday.

The forecast says up to 3 inches (7 cm) of snow is possible along and east of a line from Scotland Neck to Rocky Mount to Goldsboro. However, forecasters say flurries as far west as Greensboro and Albemarle.

Once the snow stops, ice may linger on streets and highways in eastern North Carolina.

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As far as the Piedmont is concerned, measurable snow is unlikely. Most of the precipitation will stay well to our east. Also, the air is so dry that if any precipitation falls here, most of it won't make it to the ground.


One thing is for sure, we are in for more very cold air as we go through the rest of the day into the weekend. Highs and lows will remain well below our 30 year climatological averages for this time of the year until early next week.