Winter Storm 2018

The National Weather Service has issued watches for the region this weekend.

After getting hit with the first dusting of snow on Wednesday, the region is bracing itself for a .

National Weather Service forecasters are calling for rain and wind to start sometime Sunday, most likely in the afternoon.

As of the Thursday morning briefing, snow will most likely fall in the central counties of southern Virginia and northern North Carolina — in an area along and west of I-95. The worst, up to 3 inches, will fall south of the state line.

"If you are thinking about traveling south towards Charlotte, you'd want to pay attention to this system," said Jeff Orrock of the weather service's Wakefield office.

Winds of up to 40 mph likely will force the service to issue gale force warnings along the coast. Some coastal flooding, especially at high tide, and beach erosion could occur.

Orrock said that the system could switch over to a rain-show mixture overnight in western Tidewater areas such as Franklin and Suffolk.

"As the storm pulls off the coast around Savannah (Georgia) there could be snow more to the east if the cold air really pushes in," he said. "But it won't be much of anything if that happens."

Orrock said southeastern Virginia and northeastern North Carolina can expect around an inch of rain. He expects the event to be over by mid Monday morning at the latest.

Lee Tolliver, 757-222-5844, lee.tolliver@pilotonline.com

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