Wind and rain from remnants of Zeta, cold front forecast for Outer Banks – OBXToday.com

Wind and rain from remnants of Zeta, cold front forecast for Outer Banks  OBXToday.com


Hurricane Zeta near New Orleans on Oct. 28, 2020. [NOAA image]

Zeta made landfall along the southeast Louisiana coast Thursday as a category 2 hurricane, becoming the tenth named storm to landfall in the continental United States this year.

The remnants of Zeta will combine with a cold front to bring the Outer Banks windy conditions and rain starting Thursday and Friday, and there is the possibility of minor soundside flooding through early Saturday.

Strong southwest winds Thursday and Thursday night will cause minor flooding on the soundside, especially from Hatteras village north.

Up to two feet of inundation above normally dry ground is possible in low-lying areas near the shorelines and tidal waterways.

As southwest winds shift to the northwest on Friday, which is expected to occur from 7 a.m. to noon, water level rises are expected along soundside areas of Ocracoke and southern Hatteras Island.

A wind advisory will be in effect from noon to 8 p.m. on Thursday south of Oregon Inlet, with wind gusts up to 45 mph possible.

Rough surf and a strong longshore current are also expected, especially for the south-facing beaches off Frisco, Hatteras village and Ocracoke, and a high risk of rip currents is forecast for Thursday and Friday.

Isolated thunderstorms and a few tornadoes are also possible for eastern N.C. after midnight on Thursday.

Make sure to tune a radio to Beach 104, Big 94.5, 99.1 The Sound or News Talk 92.3, or NOAA Weather Radio, for possible warnings.

National Weather Service forecast for Nags Head, as of Wednesday 8 p.m.:

Thursday
A slight chance of showers and thunderstorms after 2pm. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 78. Breezy, with a south wind 8 to 13 mph increasing to 19 to 24 mph in the afternoon. Winds could gust as high as 33 mph. Chance of precipitation is 20%.
Thursday Night
Showers and thunderstorms likely, then showers and possibly a thunderstorm after 1am. Low around 61. Breezy, with a southwest wind 20 to 23 mph, with gusts as high as 32 mph. Chance of precipitation is 80%. New rainfall amounts between a quarter and half of an inch possible.
Friday
Showers likely, mainly before 7am. Partly sunny, with a high near 69. Windy, with a west wind 22 to 28 mph becoming north in the afternoon. Winds could gust as high as 37 mph. Chance of precipitation is 60%. New precipitation amounts between a tenth and quarter of an inch possible.
Friday Night
Mostly cloudy, with a low around 50. Breezy, with a north wind 18 to 22 mph, with gusts as high as 32 mph.
Saturday
Partly sunny, with a high near 64.
Saturday Night
Mostly cloudy, with a low around 55.
Sunday
Partly sunny, with a high near 70.
Sunday Night
A chance of showers. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 46. Breezy. Chance of precipitation is 40%.
Monday
Sunny, with a high near 54. Breezy.
Monday Night
Mostly clear, with a low around 41.
Tuesday
Sunny, with a high near 59.
Tuesday Night
Mostly clear, with a low around 47.
Wednesday
Sunny, with a high near 66.