Snow blankets beaches, Outer Banks

Associated PressJanuary 23, 2011 

A rare fall of oceanfront snow was piling up on the North Carolina beaches Saturday night, and some areas may remain slick today.

National Weather Service meteorologist Robert Frederick says a strengthening storm system pulling off the Atlantic Coast threw back some heavy snow. Up to 6 inches fell on coastal areas north of Wilmington.

Frederick says 3 inches of snow or more was possible on the Outer Banks as well. Authorities report snow-covered roads and icy bridges.

Tabitha Styron at the oceanfront Seahawk Motor Lodge in Atlantic Beach said some of her guests are grumbling about the snow, but most were walking outside in disbelief about the beachfront flurries.

With the temperatures expected to fall into the low 20s, Wethington said drivers should remain cautious through Saturday night and early this morning.

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