A strong cold front will move through the Outer Banks region on Sunday through Sunday night, bringing high winds, heavy rains, possible thunderstorms, and the potential for minor coastal flooding, per an update from the National Weather Service Newport/Morehead City office.
High winds with gusts up to 45 mph will occur Sunday through Sunday night, and coastal impacts, including soundside flooding and ocean overwash, may occur Sunday through Monday morning.
Inundation of two feet above ground level or less is possible for areas along the Pamlico Sound from Salvo to Nags Head, and beach erosion with minimal overwash impacts is possible along beaches south of Cape Hatteras to Ocracoke Island. The strongest winds and coastal flood threat will peak during the late overnight hours to early Monday morning.
Heavy rains, (with 1.5-2 inches of total rainfall), are also forecast for Sunday, and scattered thunderstorms may lead to higher wind gusts in localized regions. Areas of heavy rainfall will bring the potential for minor flooding of poor drainage areas.
Dangerous marine conditions are expected and mariners should consider altering weekend 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/.