High winds, severe storms, soundside flooding, even snow possible Saturday on Outer Banks

Wind gusts expected on Saturday. [NWS MHX]

A strong cold front moving across the region on Saturday will have the potential to bring severe weather, high winds, minor coastal flooding through the afternoon. And don’t be surprised if there are few snowflakes in the air after the front passes.

The Newport/Morehead City office of the National Weather Service has issued a Wind Advisory for mainland areas, and a High Wind Warning for the Outer Banks from Duck to Ocracoke.

Sustained southwest winds of 20 to 30 mph with gusts to 50 mph are forecast north of Oregon Inlet into the afteroon on Saturday. On Hatteras and Ocracoke islands, winds of 30 to 40 mph with gusts around 60 mph are possible.

The winds will shift to the northwest in the late afternoon as the front moves through and remain in the 20 to 30 mph range, with gusts to 40 mph, through Saturday night.

A level 3/enhanced severe weather threat is forecast for northeast North Carolina and the Outer Banks, with more numerous thunderstorms capable of producing damaging wind gusts that could produce an isolated tornado between noon and 3 p.m.

Minor flooding is possible of 2 feet above ground level, especially in the normal trouble spots soundside of the Outer Banks, is possible Saturday morning through Saturday evening. Some locations north of Oregon Inlet could get 3 feet of water above ground level.

Some ocean overwash is possible at high tide along the beaches from Oregon Inlet to Ocracoke, with minor erosion as well.

A Storm Warning is in effect for the Atlantic Ocean south of Oregon Inlet and the Pamlico Sound, while a Gale Warning is in effect for the rest of the coastal waters.

After the front passes, temperatures will plummet and precipitation may change over to snow before tapering off but no accumulation is expected due to the warm ground.

There is the possibility of some black ice forming on bridges and roadways, especially inland where temperatures will drop to near 20 degrees.

Then Sunday morning will start out brutally cold, with temps in the mid 20s and winds of 20 to 30 mph that will have wind chills in the mid teens.

National Weather Service forecast for Nags Head, as of Friday evening:

Showers before 4am, then a chance of showers and thunderstorms between 4am and 5am, then showers likely and possibly a thunderstorm after 5am. Low around 50. Light south wind increasing to 6 to 11 mph after midnight. Winds could gust as high as 15 mph. Chance of precipitation is 80%. New rainfall amounts between a quarter and half of an inch possible.
Rain showers before 5pm, then a chance of rain and snow showers. Some thunder is also possible. Temperature rising to near 63 by 9am, then falling to around 37 during the remainder of the day. Windy, with a south wind 20 to 25 mph becoming southwest 32 to 37 mph in the morning. Winds could gust as high as 49 mph. Chance of precipitation is 100%. Little or no snow accumulation expected.
Saturday Night
A chance of rain and flurries before 10pm, then a slight chance of rain and snow between 10pm and 11pm. Mostly cloudy, then gradually becoming clear, with a low around 28. Windy, with a northwest wind 26 to 29 mph, with gusts as high as 38 mph. Chance of precipitation is 30%. Little or no snow accumulation expected.
Sunny, with a high near 50. Breezy, with a west wind 17 to 22 mph decreasing to 8 to 13 mph in the afternoon. Winds could gust as high as 28 mph.
Sunday Night
Clear, with a low around 40. Southwest wind 15 to 17 mph, with gusts as high as 22 mph.
Sunny, with a high near 60.
Monday Night
Partly cloudy, with a low around 49.
Mostly sunny, with a high near 65.
Tuesday Night
Mostly cloudy, with a low around 53.
A chance of showers. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 65. Chance of precipitation is 40%.
Wednesday Night
Showers likely. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 56. Breezy. Chance of precipitation is 60%.
A chance of showers. Partly sunny, with a high near 66. Breezy. Chance of precipitation is 50%.
Thursday Night
Partly cloudy, with a low around 54.
Mostly sunny, with a high near 67.

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