While much of East Coast gets snow, Outer Banks just rain and possible severe weather

Image from Tuesday afternoon briefing by NWS Raleigh.

A powerful pre-winter storm is forecast to bring significant snowfall to areas from Washington D.C. up to New England, with snow also forecast for the Virginia and North Carolina mountains and ice as far east as the Triangle.

However, the Outer Banks will just see typical conditions from one of these big storms that develop right off our coast, with rain and windy conditions and the possibility of severe weather for some parts of eastern North Carolina.

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Damaging wind gusts and isolated tornadoes are possible in the strongest storms mainly along and east of U.S. 17 according to forecasters at the Newport/Morehead City office of the National Weather Service.

Heavy rainfall at times could produce minor flooding of low lying and poor drainage areas.

The new moon this week will lead to higher tides the rest of the week, and coupled with easterly winds of 20 to 30 mph and gusts of up to 40, minor flooding along the sounds and coastal rivers in very low-lying areas.

High tide is around 9 a.m. on Wednesday, and a coastal flood advisory has been issued for 7 a.m. to 11 a.m.

The strong winds will create rough seas across the coastal waters will produce conditions which are dangerous to all mariners, and a gale warning has been posted for both the sounds and ocean.

National Weather Service forecast for Nags Head, as of Tuesday, 5 p.m.:

Wednesday

Showers likely, then showers and possibly a thunderstorm after 10am. High near 63. Windy, with an east wind 20 to 30 mph becoming southeast in the afternoon. Winds could gust as high as 43 mph. Chance of precipitation is 100%. New rainfall amounts between a half and three quarters of an inch possible.
Wednesday Night
Showers likely, mainly before midnight. Cloudy, then gradually becoming partly cloudy, with a low around 42. Breezy, with a south wind 22 to 25 mph becoming west after midnight. Winds could gust as high as 37 mph. Chance of precipitation is 60%. New precipitation amounts between a tenth and quarter of an inch possible.
Mostly sunny, with a high near 49. Breezy, with a north wind 13 to 20 mph, with gusts as high as 29 mph.
Thursday Night
Mostly cloudy, with a low around 37. North wind 14 to 16 mph, with gusts as high as 23 mph.
Partly sunny, with a high near 46.
Friday Night
Partly cloudy, with a low around 36.
Mostly sunny, with a high near 50.
Saturday Night
Mostly cloudy, with a low around 40.
A chance of showers. Partly sunny, with a high near 54. Chance of precipitation is 30%.
Sunday Night
Partly cloudy, with a low around 45.
Mostly sunny, with a high near 54.
Monday Night
Partly cloudy, with a low around 44.
Mostly sunny, with a high near 56.

 

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