Quick-Hitting Snowstorm in North Carolina to Pull Away

January 22, 2011; 4:30 PM ET
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A quick-hitting snowstorm will pull away from coastal North Carolina after dropping disruptive snow all the way to the beaches.

A coastal storm rapidly developed off the shore of North Carolina as brutally cold air plunged into the Northeast Friday night into early Saturday.

Enough cold air and moisture was in place for snow to fall at moderate and heavy rates over eastern North Carolina. In some cases, the visibility dropped to a quarter of a mile and even near zero in the snow.

Up to half a foot of snow thumped over some communities, including in Whortonsville, N.C., through Saturday afternoon.

Numerous car accidents resulted the slippery roadways in Whortonsville, where blowing snow was also reported.

Mill Creek, N.C., got 5.0 inches of snow through Saturday afternoon.

Cape Hatteras got snow for several hours on Saturday with the visibility dropping to zero by the afternoon.

Beaumont, N.C., was also in the thick of a disrutive snowstorm Saturday.

According to the North Carolina Department of Transportation, four different ferry routes have been suspended due to the snow creating dangerously low visibility and making decks icy and hazardous.

The coastal storm should pull away tonight, but very cold air will keep roads slippery and dangerous into Sunday. Motorists are urged to use caution if they must travel early Sunday morning.

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