The high winds continue! Today, a strong area of low pressure sits quite a ways off the Mid-Atlantic and NE Coast. However, the large pressure difference between that low and High pressure over the Great Lakes is leading to very windy conditions for our area.
The winds were really high yesterday with some gusts over 60mph in our area. Today, the winds may be a little lighter…but strong none-the-less.North, Northwest winds will be sustained from 20-30mph…gusting up to 40mph (possible as high as 50mph for the OBX). This will lead to a high risk for Coastal Flooding for North and Northwest facing shores.
Water levels could be as much as 2′ above normal astronomical tides…prompting a Coastal Flood Warning.
Road closures are possible, and there could also be some significant beach erosion. Here are the high tide times for today, and notice that THIS EVENING’S HIGH TIDE COULD CREATE THE WORST FLOODING ISSUES.
This evening (in the above graphic) brings in near Moderate tidal flooding … and even Major tidal flooding for parts of the OBX. Tomorrow morning’s high tide will also be near Moderate ( for Sewell’s Point…see below).
As the Offshore Low moves away by Monday & High pressure ridges into our area, the winds will relax down to 10-15mph…ending the high risk for Tidal Flooding.
Until then, continue to be on guard for rising water if you live in an area prone to tidal flooding. Also, keep everything secure in your yards through tomorrow …and drive with caution on the roads. Debris is possible on roads, and it may be hard to handle some vehicles during high wind gusts (especially high profile vehicles). Aside from the wind and flood risk, expect clouds and sun today with highs a tad below average…near 50°.
The wind will make it feel like it’s closer to 40°, and expect upper 30s with wind chills near the freezing mark (or below) tonight.
Get an update to the forecast with Meteorologist Kristin Ketchell this evening on WAVY NEWS 10 and on FOX43.
-Meteorologist Deitra Tate