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Confidence is increasing that a coastal low will bring significant impacts to The Outer Banks and parts of the Southern Coastline. This system is expected to strengthen significantly off the NC Coastline tomorrow during the day. The coastal low is expected to produce strong winds, widespread rainfall, high surf along the coast, and Moderate sound-side flooding on the Outer Banks.

Winds: Wind Advisories posted from Duck to the South Carolina line. Gusty winds up to 45mph possible from Morehead City south to the South Carolina line. Outer Banks high winds up to 60 mph are possible bringing the threat of down trees, minor siding damage, and power outages.

Coastal Flooding: Northeast winds will increase to gale force by Tuesday afternoon then become northwesterly and remain strong late afternoon until after midnight. Water levels will become elevated for Downeast Carteret county by Tuesday afternoon, then once winds shift northwest, water levels will rise along soundside portions of Outer Banks Dare and Hyde counties between Rodanthe and Ocracoke. Water levels are expected to peak at 2 to 3 feet above normal, or 1 to 2 feet above ground level. The low will track quickly northeast just off the NC coast on Tuesday and Tuesday night with improving conditions expected by midday Wednesday.

Minor to Moderate coastal flooding is possible along the Outer Banks from Rodanthe to Ocracoke, if your area normally floods make preparations now. Highway 12 might become flooded in a portion on Tuesday afternoon.

WINTER WEATHER: A rare, but not unheard of snow is expected for the Western Piedmont and foothills.( No I am not joking, I don’t believe in that forecasting) The timing will be tomorrow morning through early afternoon, the greatest chance to see some snow will be from the Triad south. Any areas that do see a little snow falling will not see any accumulation due to the warm ground and high sun angle. Thus, if a heavier snowfall falls over the Charlotte area west and north you might see a brief accumulation of snow. Below is the map of where we could see any snow mixed with rain tomorrow. It will gone after tomorrow night, it will be near 70 degrees on Wednesday welcome to NC 🙂

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