Patrick Rockey’s Live VIPIR Forecast

Tracking a coastal storm.

An area of low pressure will drop through the region during the day on Saturday. Initially it will bring us just a few showers and some breezy conditions. But it looks like the storm will intensify once it hits the warmer Gulf Stream waters, bringing us howling winds Saturday night and early Sunday.

There are still a lot of question marks about the final track of the low. And shift in its position will change the forecast considerably. But right now it looks like we can expect 1/2 to one inch of rain on Saturday, mainly during the daytime hours. We’ll see highs in the upper 50s and lower 60s. Then as the storm intensifies, we’ll see the winds increase in a big way Saturday night. We could have wind gusts of 40-50 mph along the coast. That’s enough to cause some minor flooding at times of high tide.

The gusty winds will stick around for Sunday morning, but the rain will not. The wind gusts should diminish Sunday afternoon and we’ll salvage a decent Sunday, with partly cloudy skies and highs in the mid-to-upper 50s.

And then we have a nice warming trend on the way. We’ll climb into the lower 60s on Monday and 70s through the rest of the work week.

Today in Local Weather History (National Weather Service)
1917 Heavy Rain: 1.80″ Salisbury

Patrick Rockey
NewsChannel 3 Chief Meteorologist

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