Boo! That stands for 2 things in this blog. Firstly, it might get a little scary out there this evening for trick-or-treating. Not from the weather, but from the ghouls and goblins. Boo can also be said because the weather is going to be nasty late Saturday into early Sunday. Let’s start with the short-term forecast: Today we have a weak area of low pressure offshore. This is not the system that will affect us this weekend, but it is throwing some extra moisture our way this morning. So we have already increased our clouds.
The clouds will be with us through the day. A few showers will fall over the Outer Banks and northeast North Carolina. We could see a few sprinkles in Hampton Roads. Temps will be held down in the low 60s this afternoon. Winds will be out of the north at 10mph. As we get into the evening we’ll see a few more sprinkles in the region. The better chance for that will be along the coast. Meanwhile an area of low pressure is developing off to our west over the Midwest states. It will push east tonight and will arrive over our region tomorrow. This will be the big weather player for the weekend.
We’ll start off Saturday with only an isolated shower or two, but the rain will pick up by Saturday afternoon/evening as the low pushes through.
The low will move away by Saturday night and will push offshore. Winds will increase behind it. We’ll see gusts up to 30mph by late Saturday afternoon. They may not even increase until the evening, but winds will be gusting up to 45mph by Saturday night. That will happen more along the shore than inland. Winds will start out north-northeast, but they will be out of the north-northwest overnight. By Sunday morning the rain will come to an end. We’ll dry out as high pressure builds in from the west. Winds will stay up through the morning, but will taper off by the late afternoon. With the winds so strong we’ll see some minor tidal flooding. This will come from the tide mostly as the rainfall is only expected to be about a half inch up to an inch. So the tides will run about 1-2 feet above normal. Again this is mostly for Sunday.
Stay tuned for updates to the tide forecast. It is notorious for changing up until the last hour. Here’s a link for the updates from the National Weather Service: Tide Forecast.
Conditions will improve by Sunday night. However, we’ll see a new batch of problems. The temperatures behind this system are very cold. As the winds lighten up, the temps will be able to drop to near freezing. So lows will be in the low/mid 30s by Monday morning. There may even be a few upper 20s inland. (I hope not). So we’ll be looking at scattered to widespread frost. Some areas could even see a freeze. So it’s time to bring in the potted plants and the sensitive pets. At least you’ll get an extra hour of sleep this weekend. Yep! Time to roll the clocks back an hour Saturday night.
Meteorologist: Jeremy Wheeler