A low pressure system strengthening off the North Carolina coast will bring the potential for strong winds and minor coastal flooding, as well as the potential for minor snowfall accumulations in portions of Eastern N.C., per a Tuesday evening update from the National Weather Service Newport / Morehead City Office.
Strong winds, with gusts to 40-50 mph, are expected along the coast, blowing around unsecured objects and bringing the potential for a few isolated power outages. Minor coastal flooding, with water levels reaching up to 1-2 ft. above ground level, are also expected for areas along the southern Pamlico Sound, and especially Ocracoke Island and Hatteras village.
Gale force winds and seas reaching 7-10 ft will also produce very dangerous conditions for mariners.
A Gale Warning is in effect from 12:00 a.m. Thursday until 10 P.M., while a Coastal Flood Advisory and a Wind Advisory is in effect starting on 12:00 a.m. on Thursday until 7:00 p.m.
On the mainland, rain may transition to a wintry mix or snow late Wednesday night. The greatest accumulation chances are north of U.S. Hwy 264, but minor accumulations are possible for much of the Eastern N.C. area as well.
For more information on the local forecast, visit www.weather.gov/mhx for weather information, or the National Weather Service office in Newport / Morehead City’s Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/NWSMoreheadCity/.