It was a wet Easter weekend for some and a windy Easter Sunday for all of us. The good news is that the rain will taper off across North Carolina tonight. The bad news is that the wind will stay up tonight and for the first half of your Monday. The wind and the rain is being generated by an area of low pressure spinning off the coast of North Carolina and South Carolina. This low is throwing moisture our way, especially across North Carolina. The strong winds are a result of the difference in pressure between the high to our north and the low to our southeast. Some wind gusts were as high as 40-45 mph earlier today.
Northeast winds will stay up tonight and range from 15-25mph with gusts up to 30mph. Here is the wind speed forecast for Monday. Sustained winds should range between 15-20mph in the morning and then drop down to 10-15mph during the afternoon.
Tides will remain elevated during the next high tide, which is around 2:30 AM Monday. We are not concerned about minor tidal flooding because the water levels should remain below the minor flooding threshold. However, nuisance tidal flooding is possible. A High Surf Advisory is in effect until early Monday morning for the Outer Banks and Currituck. Waves could reach 8-10 feet and ocean over-wash is possible.
Areas across the Southside and North Carolina will start off with the clouds tomorrow morning. Areas north of the Southside should start off with more sunshine. Clouds will clear out by the afternoon across the Southside, but will linger across North Carolina. Highs will be in the lower 60s across the metro with upper 60s inland and upper 50s along the immediate coast.
We are going to see a big warm-up by Tuesday. Highs will warm up into the mid to upper 70s out ahead of our next cold front. Most of Tuesday (Earth Day) will stay dry. Showers/isolated storms are possible anytime after 4 PM and all of the rain should end shortly after midnight.
Cooler and drier air will move in behind the front. Temperatures will drop back into the low to mid 60s Wednesday and Thursday.
We didn’t see enough rain to really wash out the pollen this weekend, so the pollen forecast will remain on the high side over the next few days. Sorry allergy sufferers! I hope everyone had a Happy Easter!
-Meteorologist Tiffany Savona