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The Roanoke Rapids area could get at least 2 inches of snow on Sunday and depending on the track of the storm bringing wintry precipitation the amounts could be more.

The National Weather Service in its latest briefing predicts 2 inches in the Roanoke Rapids area.

The major winter storm is likely to begin Saturday night and continue through Monday.

Confidence is high the event will occur and confidence is moderate on precipitation types. Confidence is low on accumulation.

As of its latest update, the NWS says regions north of the Interstate 85 corridor has the best chance for all snow and greatest snow amounts.

East of I-95 and south of Goldsboro are areas were mostly rain and the least amounts of snow and ice will fall.

Locations between I-95 and I-85 are likely to see varying types of precipitation including rain at the onset which will quickly change to snow. Snow may accumulate a couple of inches before changing to rain, sleet or freezing rain by Sunday afternoon.

Gusty winds are predicted with speeds of 25 to 30 miles per hour, which with the combination of snow or ice could result in downed trees and power lines. There is another chance of a wintry mix on Monday as the storm leaves the area. Little, if any, accumulation of snow or ice is expected Monday or Monday evening.

Roanoke Rapids Public Works Director Larry Chalker said, referring to brine on city streets, “We’re coating the whole city.”

Chalker said his observations on the weather show the city could get up to 6 inches of snow depending on the track of the storm and moisture levels. “We’re forecasted to get snow on Sunday.”

There is also the prediction of freezing rain, although he said the NWS is not expecting any significant accumulation.