As I drove in this morning I had a tough time pushing against a rain-driven wind. It was literally dropping my speed by 10mph. Luckily a lot of the worst weather moved out by the time the morning commute picked up. Rain was still heavy over parts of the region through about 8am.
The heavy rain came from an area of low pressure that moved into our region. Warm air came up around it. We were in the 60s this morning over much of the region. A warm front moved north along the coast.
We also had an upper level trough sitting over us. This allowed for a very small area of unstable weather. By 7am there were strong storms over the southern Outer Banks. There was a little rotation in some of the storms. So there was a tornado warning issued for that area briefly. Now the low is moving away from the region. The large upper level trough is still overhead. Plus, there is a cold front slowly approaching from the west. So we’ll still have a few hit-or-miss showers through the afternoon, but there will be much less coverage compared to this morning. Plus, they should remain light.
Since midnight we picked up about a half an inch up to an inch of rain. There were higher amounts from Currituck to Elizabeth City.
Temperatures will drop to the upper 50s to near 60 for the rest of the day. Winds will be out of the northwest at 8-12mph.
Tomorrow we’ll be in-between systems. We’ll still have the upper level trough around though. So there will be a lot of clouds with only some spotty showers. High temperatures will only be in the upper 40s. On Thursday we’ll have another push of warm/humid air coming up from the south. So rain is likely again with heavy rain and strong winds possible. There may even be some nuisance to minor tidal flooding possible.
Then we’ll clear things out from Friday into the weekend. High temps will be in the 50s and 60s.
The weak disturbance in the Atlantic is sitting near the Lesser Antilles. Due to its interaction with land it now has a lower chance for formation over the next few days. We’ll still keep an eye on it, but even if it does form, then it would likely get knocked out to sea by one of the East Coast cold fronts.
Meteorologist: Jeremy Wheeler