StormTrack 12 Planning Forecast
THIS EVENING: Expect a nice sunset on this Friday evening. We'll have mostly clear skies and chilly temperatures. We'll start off in the upper 40s and fall to the low 40s late this evening. Clouds will start to build from the west and increase as we progress through the late evening into early Saturday morning. Winds will be light out of the north to northeast around 5-10mph.
FRIDAY NIGHT: Increasing clouds and cool. Lows: 34 to 38 inland, 36 to 40 coastal. Northeast wind 5 to 10 mph.
SATURDAY: Expect mostly cloud skies to start the day off. We'll see a few showers along and east of highway 17 late morning through early afternoon. Even though that's were we will see most of the light to moderate showers, can't rule out a few isolated light showers and a few sprinkles in some of our inland counties. By late afternoon most of the rain is offshore and clouds may actually start to decrease from west to east. It will be a chilly day with highs only near 46-50. NE Winds 5-10mph.
DISCUSSION: Today is the last in the string of quiet and cool weather we’ve had the end of this week before the next storm comes out of the Gulf of Mexico and brings us a chance for showers at the coast this weekend. This is thanks to a high pressure that is just to our north in the Ohio Valley. This will keep it seasonably cool today with nothing more than some high clouds from time to time.
Clouds will thicken up overnight as a low pressure track out of the Gulf of Mexico and then exit off the Carolina coast by Saturday. The track looks so far south that for us it will be a cool Saturday with highs near 50 and scattered showers possible along the coast mid morning. On Sunday we’ll get a bit of a break before the 2nd piece of the system comes out with another round of rain for early Monday.
The active weather pattern will continue with a bigger and stronger storm coming east right before Christmas. It appears that this storm will cut up west of the mountains. That will put Eastern Carolina on the warm side of the storm. So temperatures will get into the 60s for Tuesday and Wednesday. But with lots of cold air on the back side of the storm as it tracks to the Great Lakes, it could set the stage for severe thunderstorms for us on Wednesday. It does look as if that cold air will rush in for Christmas day. However, as of now it appears it will be too late to catch the moisture.
MARINE: North wind 5 to 10 knots. Seas at 2-3 feet near shore.