Great Weekend Ahead…But A Couple Speed Bumps.March 8th, 2013 at 7:16 am by Jeremy Wheeler under Weather
We have a great weekend shaping up, but there are some minor speed bumps to go over before we get there. The storm system that has kept our local breeze up is still sitting far from us offshore. It still has big impacts on the northeast states with snow showers from New York to Maine, and tidal flooding along the coast.
High pressure has been building in from the west. So we have had a lot of clearing in the last 24 hours. However, some of the moisture from the northeast will leak down our way. This will increase our clouds this afternoon, and there may even be a stray shower over the Eastern Shore and Northern Neck today.
The winds will stay up between the high and low pressure systems. Especially near the shore. Winds will gust up to 35mph near the shore with gusts closer to 25mph inland. They will blow from the north/northwest. This will keep the high temps in the upper 40s near the shore with some 50s inland. Tomorrow the high pressure system will build in even more. This will create a lot of sunshine for the weekend. High temperatures will be in the low 50s Saturday. Again, one of the speed bumps for tomorrow is that the breeze will stay up. Stronger near the shore. By Sunday the high will sit right on top of us. So we will have sunshine and highs near 60. Wahoo! We’ll stay warm on Monday and Tuesday, but we will see a chance for rain showers on Tuesday.
As for the local tides…We do have some minor tidal flooding during the next 2 tide cycles. Basically 5-7 pm tonight and again tomorrow morning at 5-7 am. Minor tidal flooding is forecast, so it shouldn’t be too bad. Sewell’s Point is going for a total water rise up to 4.5 ft this evening. Then it will get up to 4.9 ft tomorrow morning. That is apt to change, but it shouldn’t change too much. Minor tidal flooding starts at 4.5 ft at Sewell’s Point. Along with that there will be some more ocean overwash along the Outer Banks. That has already led to a closing this morning around highway 12 at Mirlo Beach.
Finally, folks have been asking me about the pollen forecast. It has been high lately, but I’ve been focusing on the big weather system. So here is the pollen forecast for today:
That is a 10 out of 12. I’m actually surprised that it has been so high lately because the overnight temperatures have been cold for vegetation (upper 20s/low 30s). I think the wet Winter is partly to blame for the early start. Overall the low temperatures this Winter haven’t been too bitterly cold. I think we only saw teens in the metro for 2 or 3 mornings. We are headed for some warmer weather in the next 7-10 days. No huge heat just yet, but warmer. Enjoy!
Meteorologist: Jeremy Wheeler