A cold night then sunshine and chilly on Saturday...
Rainfall totals on Wednesday afternoon through Friday morning averaged between 3" and 5" throughout much of eastern Carolina. We generally average about 3.5" to 4" of rain through the entire month of February. A number of cities have surpassed this monthly average.
A flood warning is in effect for Chicod Creek near Simpson. Minor flooding is occurring and minor flooding is forecast. Flooding of low lying areas adjacent to Mobleys Bridge Road.
A flood warningis in effect for the NE Cape Fear River near Chinquapin in Duplin county. Minor flooding is occurring and is expected to continue through the weekend before falling early next week.
Colder air will continue to filter into the area overnight, with lows in the upper 20s. Gusty north winds will diminish and become light and variable. Dry conditions will persist through Saturday with below average temperatures. A low pressure system could bring a bit more rain on Sunday, although that storm could end up staying offshore. Some light snow could mix with the rain at the onset although temperatures should remain above freezing.
Friday Night: Clear skies and cold with lows in the upper 20s. North wind at 3 to 6 mph. Heavy frost by sunrise.
Saturday: Sunny skies and chilly with highs in the upper 40s. North wind at 4 to 8 mph.
Saturday Night: Increasing clouds and chilly with lows in the middle 30s. Northeast winds at 3 to 6 mph.
*Small Craft Advisory for the coastal waters*
North winds diminishing to 15 to 20 knots Saturday then north at 15 to 25 knots on Sunday. Swells will be 4 to 8 feet offshore and 2 to 4 feet on the Albemarle and Pamlico Sounds on Friday.
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