Coastal storm is
forecast for the holiday weekend
President’s Day weekend promises to be rainy and windy on the Outer
Strong low pressure will strengthen as it approaches eastern North
Carolina on Saturday and moves off the coast Sunday.
According to the National Weather Service office in Newport, N.C., the
potential threats to the area include:
potential for strong winds along coastal areas.
prolonged period of rain will start late Saturday evening and continue
into Sunday. Rain will be heavy at times with storm total rainfall
amounts of 1 to 2 inches and locally higher amounts, mainly along the
threat for severe weather has shifted a bit south with the latest model
runs. However, the potential exists for thunderstorms along the coast
and offshore with a main threat of damaging wind gusts Sunday through
Sunday afternoon. We currently are in a general thunder risk for the
the low exits off the coast, a prolonged fetch of northerly to
northwesterly winds will likely result in coastal soundside flooding
along the Outer Banks with water levels rising 1 to 2 feet above normal
Sunday night into early Monday morning.
conditions are likely for all of the coastal waters, including the
sounds, late Sunday continuing into early Monday morning. Wind
advisories will likely be issued for the Outer Banks and areas adjacent
to the sounds. Seas are forecast to peak at 8 to 12 feet across the
northern and central coastal waters early Monday morning.
the coastal low pushes farther offshore, there is a possibility of
rain/snow mix late Sunday night, mainly across northeastern portions
from Tyrrell and Hyde Counties east.
For more information, go to the website of the Newport Weather Service
office at http://www.erh.noaa.gov/er/mhx/.