SUNDAY: Becoming completely overcast with rain moving in after noon. Blustery winds kick in late. Expect 0.25" to 0.50" of rain.
TONIGHT: Cloudy and damp with light to moderate rain showers likely. Expect heavier amounts near the coast. Blustery north winds. Inland: 38-40, Beach: 40-42.
MONDAY: Blustery, damp, & cold with periods of rain. Highs: 46-48, Winds: N-10-15 mph.
DISCUSSION: Hang on! Today we start the dive into much colder and wetter conditions.
Cooler air is pooling down from the north, and wedging itself in near the surface. This is going to help to keep our highs capped in the upper 50’s today, and is one of the reasons we will be much cooler than average until Wednesday. We also have heavy moisture beginning to stream towards us from the southwest ahead of a low pressure storm system. This moisture is going to ride up through eastern Carolina this afternoon. As it does so, we will likely see small upper-level disturbances form off our coast and track southwest to northeast, along with the moisture. As these disturbances roll along our coastline, we will see periods of enhanced rainfall, and a few breaks of rain after each passes. This pattern will continue through sunset Tuesday. Because of it, we will likely see 1.50-2.00” of rain total from noon today through Tuesday night across all areas. On top of all of this, we will have blustery wind to contend with. Gusts will ramp up this afternoon and give the air a bite through Tuesday. They settle Wednesday.
Hang on though, Spring is officially only four days away! Beginning this Thursday, March 20th, at 12: 57p. It will feel warmer Thursday too, with highs in the mid to upper 60’s.
MARINE: A Small Craft Advisory is in effect for all sound and onshore waters of eastern Carolina beginning this evening and lasting through Wednesday evening for seas of 3-5-7’ and NE winds gusting up to 35 mph.. High tide: 8:34am, 8:52pm. Low tide: 2:35p, 2:56a.