Outer Banks to get more rain Saturday; flash flood watch for Corolla, northern mainland

Clouds have steadily increased Friday evening over the Currituck Sound. [Sam Walker photo]

Another round of heavy rain is forecast to start the weekend in northeastern North Carolina, which could lead to more flooding issues along parts of the Outer Banks and inland sections.

A warm front will lift north across the area through this evening. Weak low pressure will pass just inland Saturday, dragging a cold front across the area late Saturday night.

The National Weather Service Wakefield office has posted a flash flood watch for the mainland areas between the Virginia border and Albemarle Sound, including the Currituck Outer Banks/Corolla.

A widespread one-to-two inches of rain is expected, while localized amounts of five-plus inches are possible. Given already saturated soils, localized flash flooding is possible tomorrow for much of eastern North Carolina.

Additionally, a few stronger thunderstorms Saturday could produce damaging wind gusts. A moderate risk of rip currents is forecast for Saturday for the beaches off Carova, Corolla, Hatteras Island and Ocracoke.

National Weather Service forecast for Nags Head, as of Friday, 7 p.m.:

A chance of showers and thunderstorms, mainly after 2am. Some of the storms could produce heavy rainfall. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 73. East wind around 6 mph becoming light and variable. Chance of precipitation is 30%. New rainfall amounts of less than a tenth of an inch, except higher amounts possible in thunderstorms.
Showers and thunderstorms likely, mainly after noon. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 84. South wind around 7 mph. Chance of precipitation is 70%. New rainfall amounts between a quarter and half of an inch possible.
Saturday Night
Showers and thunderstorms likely, mainly before 9pm. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 72. Southwest wind around 11 mph, with gusts as high as 18 mph. Chance of precipitation is 70%. New rainfall amounts between a tenth and quarter of an inch, except higher amounts possible in thunderstorms.
A chance of showers and thunderstorms, mainly before 9am. Mostly sunny, with a high near 84. North wind around 8 mph. Chance of precipitation is 30%. New rainfall amounts of less than a tenth of an inch, except higher amounts possible in thunderstorms.
Sunday Night
Mostly clear, with a low around 74. Northeast wind around 5 mph becoming calm in the evening.
Sunny, with a high near 89.
Monday Night
Mostly clear, with a low around 74.
Sunny, with a high near 91.
Tuesday Night
Mostly clear, with a low around 74.
Sunny, with a high near 90.
Wednesday Night
Partly cloudy, with a low around 74.
Mostly sunny, with a high near 91.
Thursday Night
Partly cloudy, with a low around 74.
A chance of showers and thunderstorms. Mostly sunny, with a high near 91. Chance of precipitation is 30%.

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