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Charlie’s First Alert Forecast: Heavy rain and strong winds expected Sunday

A Winter Storm will affect the state Sunday, but ENC will see mainly rain
Published: Jan. 8, 2022 at 5:54 AM EST|Updated: Jan. 15, 2022 at 9:03 AM EST
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GREENVILLE, N.C. (WITN) - A Winter Storm Warning will be in effect for Central and Western North Carolina from midnight tonight to midnight Sunday. A Winter Weather Advisory will be in effect for areas between I-95 and Highway 17 from 3 a.m. to noon Sunday. A Coastal Flood Advisory will be in effect from 1 a.m. Sunday to 1 a.m. Monday for the sounds and Outer Banks as winds blow at 20 to 30 mph sustained.

Skies will start partly sunny today, but with Sunday’s system moving in, our skies will finish cloudy. Highs will reach the low 40s this afternoon with a breeze out of the northeast at 5 to 10 mph.

The storm system responsible for the warnings and advisories is on target to move over Eastern NC from sunrise Sunday through Sunday night. We will see primarily rain from this system, however, it will probably begin as a brief icy mix Sunday morning for well inland areas. The window for any wintry precipitation in ENC will likely occur during the first half of Sunday. The rest of the system will be rain for us as temperatures creep back above freezing. Snow will be difficult to come by for communities east of I-95 as warm temperatures (+32°) turn any snow to sleet/rain before it hits the ground. This will not be a snow event for Eastern NC.

We will also see winds increase Sunday, especially along the coast with gusts over 30 mph. Most areas will likely see an inch or more of rainfall before the rain exits Sunday night. Stay in touch with the WITN weather forecasts on this website, the WITN Weather App, and on WITN.

First Alert Forecast 730am Sunday
First Alert Forecast 730am Sunday(WITN)
First Alert Forecast Sunday 1130am
First Alert Forecast Sunday 1130am(WITN)
Projected Rainfall
Projected Rainfall(WITN)

Saturday

Mostly cloudy and cold with a high of only 40. Wind: NE 5-10

Saturday Night

Cloudy with mixed wintry precipitation possible toward sunrise far inland areas. Low: 29. Wind: NE 5-10. Precipitation chance: 20%.

Sunday

Inland AM sleet and freezing rain turns to all rain during the morning. Breezy with afternoon temperatures ranging from the low 40s well inland to 50s on the coast. Wind: NE 15-25. Rain chance: 100%.

Sunday Night

Rain during the evening then clearing skies. Low: 34. Wind: SW 10-20. Rain chance: 100%.

MLK Jr Day

Partly sunny, windy and chilly. High of 47. Wind: W 15-25.

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