Jim’s First Alert Forecast: Rain and wind moving in Friday; Moving out Saturday night

The coastal low will bring plenty of wind Friday and Saturday
First Alert Weather September 22nd, 2023
Published: Sep. 14, 2023 at 11:07 AM EDT|Updated: Sep. 22, 2023 at 8:28 AM EDT
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GREENVILLE, N.C. (WITN) - Potential Tropical Storm #16 will track towards and through Eastern NC Friday night into Saturday.

Light rain moves in Friday morning, becoming heavier and after midday. We’ll be in and out of the rain, accompanied by strong winds through Saturday afternoon. Inland locations will likely receive 1-3″ of rain with wind gusts up to 40 mph. Coastal locations will likely see the most rainfall with 3-5″ possible and wind gusts up to 60 mph. Rough surf and high rip current conditions are expected as well. A few areas could see over washing, especially along Highway 12.

Storm Surge levels of 3-5 feet above normal are possible along the lower Pamlico Sound, as well as the Neuse and Pamlico river basins. The Outer Banks, Crystal Coast and Albemarle Sound region will likely see rises of 2-4 feet. The risk will run from late Friday through Saturday evening. The highest water levels will likely come around high tide (2am and 2pm).

Tropical Storm Warnings have been issued for all of the Eastern NC, except the counties along the I-95 corridor from Wilson county northward.

As this system tracks into Virginia and northward Saturday night, we’ll be left with a few clouds and sunshine on Sunday. A few of our locations could see an early morning shower, then clearing out in the day. Daytime highs remain in the upper 70s to low 80s, and overnight lows in the low to mid 60s.

Next week starts out not as active, as rain chances are limited through Wednesday. A few showers/storms moves back in the picture midweek and daytime highs warm back up near 80° and overnight temperatures in the mid 60s.

For more information about this Friday and Saturday’s turbulent weather, you can go here.

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