Patrick Rockey’s Live VIPIR Forecast

Windy weekend ahead.

A coastal storm will bring us wet and windy weather late Saturday and some tidal flooding on Sunday morning.

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 the storm will intensify once it hits the warmer Gulf Stream waters, bringing us a howling north wind Saturday night and early Sunday.

We can expect 1/2 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-to-moderate flooding at times of high tide on Sunday morning.

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.

Here is a breakdown of what to expect this weekend…

Rainfall: Most areas will see 0.50″ or less of rain on Saturday
Winds: 25-35 G45+ along the coast, 20-30 G35 inland
Surge: 1-2 feet (minor flooding)
Waves: Ocean 8′-12′, Bay 5′-6′, Sounds 2′-3′
Timing: Peak winds Sat PM to Sun AM, Peak surge overnight Sat

Today in Local Weather History (National Weather Service)
1887 Hurricane: Average wind Cape Henry 78 mph, several marine disasters

Patrick Rockey
NewsChannel 3 Chief Meteorologist

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