January 4, 2016
Arctic cold, high winds forecast for Outer Banks
By IRENE NOLAN
record warmth of December was but a memory this morning on the Outer
Banks as an Arctic cold front moved through the area, and the
temperature started dropping as the wind picked up.
The National Weather Service in Newport/Morehead City, N.C., has issued
a wind advisory for the area from 5 p.m. Monday evening until 10 a.m.
Winds are forecast to be north at 25 to 35 mph with gusts to 45 mph.
There is also a gale warning in effect for coastal waters and the
Pamlico Sound from 4 p.m. Monday afternoon until 3 p.m. Tuesday.
Winds are forecast from the north at 25 to 35 knots with gusts to 40
and seas at 9 to 12 feet.
The Weather Service warns that the high winds will bring a threat of
minor coastal flooding, beach erosion, and high surf for the northern
Outer Banks and the possibility of minor soundside flooding on the
southern Pamlico Sound.
These threats are somewhat reduced by the fact that the period of highest winds is expected to last only about 12 hours.
The high winds are caused by a tight pressure gradient between a high
pressure area over Midwestern states and low pressure developing over
the northwest Atlantic Ocean.
Meanwhile, as the mass of cold Arctic air moves in, the temperatures
will fall into the low 30s Monday night on the Outer Banks and rise only
into the low 40s Tuesday. Tuesday night will be very cold again with
lows in the 30s.
The Weather Service is also forecasting a slight chance of rain or snow
showers this evening or tonight as the cold air mass moves in.
Temperatures will start warming up on Wednesday when the high is
forecast to be in the upper-50s. By week's end, temps will be
back up into the 60s with an increasing chance of rain.
For updated forecasts, go to the National Weather Service local website at www.weather.gov/mhx/.