The National Weather Service has downgraded a Winter Storm Watch issued on Friday to a Winter Weather Advisory in regard to a weather system forecast to visit Lincoln County beginning early Sunday morning. Lincoln County is on the northern edge of the Winter Weather Advisory area, which means we may see milder weather than areas to the south.
Lincoln County residents and visitors should see some widely scattered light snowfall on Saturday, well ahead of a larger front forecast for Sunday. The Saturday snowfall is part of a separate front, with the larger front moving in overnight.
Snowfall forecasts for Sunday are moderate, now in the 4 to 7 inch range, but the snowfall type is forecast to be heavy and wet; with the possibility of rain mixing with snow along the coast, according to the NWS. This type of snowfall can be hazardous to power lines and tree limbs.
Because the storm center will be tracking offshore, with the weather effects grazing the area Lincoln County could see more accumulation along the southern coast areas and less in the northern areas.
The event is also forecast to have a long duration, according to the NWS, so snowfall rates should be light and variable during the Winter Weather Advisory period from midnight Saturday to midnight Sunday. The most consistent snowfall is forecast for the daylight hours of Sunday.
Winds are forecast to be moderate, running out of the northeast at 5 to 10 mph, according to the NWS.
The Lincoln County News will continue to follow the progress of this event and post any additional information here as soon as it is obtained.