UPDATE: Weather Service
upgrades effects of coastal storm
By IRENE NOLAN
National Weather Service has upgraded the advisories it issued
yesterday afternoon for a coastal storm that is winding up this
afternoon off the southeast coast of North Carolina.
cold front passed through the Outer Banks early this morning, and a low
pressure area formed off the coast along the front. It is
forecast to deepen during the day today. A strong upper low will
cross the area later today. Winds will increase today as a tight
pressure gradient forms between the low offshore and a high building to
The highest winds will be tonight before they start
subsiding tomorrow. One Hatteras village resident measured a wind gust
of 59 mph shortly after 11 this morning.
Rain began over the
area early this morning and is expected to continue through much of the
day. Temperatures fell from the low 60s yesterday afternoon into the
40s overnight and will remain there for the rest of the day.
will be a cold dreary and blustery day with overcast conditions and
light misty rain," the Weather Service said in its forecast discussion.
Here are the current weather warnings and advisories:
- A high wind warning has
replaced the wind advisory. It is in effect from 2 p.m. Tuesday
until 4 a.m. Wednesday. Winds will pick up through the day, peak
tonight, and start subsiding on Wednesday. Northerly winds of 30
to 40 mph with gusts to 60 mph are forecast.
- A storm warning
has replaced the gale warning for the coastal waters from 3 p.m.
Tuesday afternoon until 4 a.m. on Wednesday. A storm warning is issued
when winds or wind gusts in the range of 55 to 73 mph are expected.
Wind gusts over 60 mph are forecast. A gale warning remains in
effect for the Pamlico Sound.
- The high surf advisory remains
in place from 2 p.m. on Tuesday until 2 p.m. on Wednesday. The
forecast is for breaking waves in the surf zone from 8 to 10 feet and
seas over the coastal waters from 15 to 18 feet.
- A coastal flood warning
has replaced the coastal flood advisory and is in effect from 2 p.m. on
Tuesday until 4 a.m. on Wednesday. Water level rises of 2 to 4 feet
above normal are forecast on the soundside of Hatteras and Ocracoke,
and there is a possibility of minor to moderate coastal flooding from
Buxton through Ocracoke. Water level rises of 2 feet are expected on
the oceanside of the islands with the possibility of ocean overwash
from Buxton north along Highway 12, especially at times of high
tide. High tide is about midnight tonight and noon on Wednesday
will be much cooler. Highs today are expected to be in the
mid-40s, falling to about 40 tonight and rising to the upper 40s to
around 50 on Wednesday. Highs could be in the mid-50s to around 60 on
After Thursday, the bottom
falls out as several bouts of Arctic air invade the region with short
spells of warmth in between the cold outbreaks.
A cold front
Thursday night is forecast to drop temperatures into the 20s. The
frontal passage will be mostly dry, but there is a possibility of light
snow showers or flurries along the coast.
will be in the mid- to upper 30s with the low to mid-20s on Friday
night. Slight warmth returns Saturday when temperatures will
moderate into the mid- to upper 40s.
Saturday night, a strong Arctic/Siberian front will cross the area, again with a possibility of snow
showers. Temperatures will drop into the upper teens to low 20s
across the Outer Banks.
Sunday will be the
coldest day of the outbreak with highs in the mid-20s and lows that
night in the mid- to upper teens.Gale force winds are also possible
again Saturday night into Sunday.
Temperatures will begin to moderate on Monday when highs will climb back above freezing, perhaps to about 40.
For more information and the latest warnings, advisories and forecasts, go to http://www.weather.gov/mhx/.