A strong cold front will impact the Outer Banks Wednesday through Thursday morning, bringing a period of intense gusty winds, as well as the threat of severe weather, per an update from the National Weather Service Newport / Morehead City office.
High winds with gusts up to 45-50 mph will occur Wednesday morning through Thursday afternoon, with peak winds expected late Wednesday night. Severe thunderstorms are also forecast beginning Wednesday morning and will continue through early Thursday.
A Gale Watch is in effect for all offshore and Pamlico Sound waters starting Wednesday afternoon due to south winds of 20-30 knots with gusts up to 40 knots, and very rough waters possible. Mariners should consider altering plans to avoid possible hazardous conditions.
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/.