A low pressure center is tracking up the coast and will pass Eastern Carolina Friday afternoon. Rains associated with the low have already made their way over us and will remain over us through Friday evening. These rains, combined with strong northeasterly winds (25-35 mph along the coast) have prompted a Coastal Flood Advisory for Craven, Carteret counties as well as the Outer Banks.
Clearing skies and warmer conditions will develop for the weekend. Highs will reach the lower to middle 60s and will stay there for the first half of next work week. A cold front is expected to bring rain Wednesday and will drop temperatures for Thursday and Friday, but the next 8 days appear to be devoid of winter weather.
Friday: Cloudy, windy and rainy. Between 1" to 2" of rain expected for most of eastern Carolina with 3" possible along the Crystal Coast. Highs in the upper 40s. Winds from the north east at 18 to 25 mph.
Friday Night: Cloudy with decreasing showers. Lows in the mid 30s with northwesterly wind at 5 to 10 mph.
Saturday: Clear skies and warming temperatures. Highs in the low 60s with light southwesterly winds.
BEACH AND BOATING FORECAST:
*Coastal Flood Advisory for Craven County, Carteret County and the Outer Banks through Friday*
*Gale Warning for the coastal waters Thursday through Friday*
Winds will be from the northeast at 25 to 35 knots on Friday. Offshore wave heights will be from 12 to 20 feet with swells around 3 to 5 feet on the Albemarle and Pamlico sounds.