After seemingly endless rain, a welcome respite for Outer Banks on the way

It’s a puddle jumper day at Wright Brothers National Memorial in Kill Devil Hills. [courtesy @WrightBrosNPS Twitter]

When it rains this winter, it pours. But we may finally be in for an extended period of dry weather next week.

A series of persistent low pressure systems that brought record-breaking cold along with ice and snow to the Deep South and spawned a deadly tornado in southeastern North Carolina have been responsible for the near constant bouts of rain on the Outer Banks over the past two weeks.

This is getting close to one of the wettest Februarys ever recorded in northeastern North Carolina.

Billy Mitchell Field in Frisco has already measured 4.42 inches of rain through Thursday, 1.82 inches above normal for the month.

The weather reporting station for Cape Hatteras has received 18.51 inches since the start of meteorological winter on December 1, 6.4 inches above normal over the period.

A flash flood watch continues for the Outer Banks through this evening, with periods of rain, some heavy at times, and additional 1 to 1.5 inches expected.

Saturated ground will result in runoff and flooding issues can be anticipated for low lying areas near creeks and streams, which are already running backfull.

We are forecast to get a break from the rains over the weekend before a weak cold front slides through on Monday to bring us a shorter period of showers. Then high pressure is expected to build in with sunny skies and moderate temperatures.

National Weather Service Forecast for Nags Head, as of Friday 10 a.m.:
Flash flood watch until 7 p.m.

Rain. High near 41. North wind 16 to 18 mph, with gusts as high as 22 mph. Chance of precipitation is 100%. New precipitation amounts between a quarter and half of an inch possible.
Rain likely, mainly before 11pm. Cloudy, then gradually becoming partly cloudy, with a low around 31. Blustery, with a northwest wind 18 to 22 mph, with gusts as high as 28 mph. Chance of precipitation is 60%. New precipitation amounts between a tenth and quarter of an inch possible.
Sunny, with a high near 38. Breezy, with a northwest wind 14 to 21 mph, with gusts as high as 26 mph.
Saturday Night
Mostly clear, with a low around 30. North wind around 17 mph, with gusts as high as 22 mph.
Sunny, with a high near 39. North wind 9 to 17 mph, with gusts as high as 21 mph.
Sunday Night
Partly cloudy, with a low around 35.
Showers likely. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 53. Chance of precipitation is 70%.
Monday Night
A chance of showers. Partly cloudy, with a low around 38. Chance of precipitation is 30%.
Sunny, with a high near 52.
Tuesday Night
Mostly clear, with a low around 41.
Sunny, with a high near 56.
Wednesday Night
Mostly clear, with a low around 45.
Mostly sunny, with a high near 60.

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