Holiday forecast: high winds, cold temperatures
Published 10:25 am Tuesday, December 20, 2022
From Chris Newkirk, Beaufort County Emergency Services:
Our office continues to monitor an approaching cold front that is expected to impact our area over the next 7 days. High winds Thursday and Friday, as well as cold temperatures this weekend and next week continues to be our greatest threats. Forecast details for Beaufort County are as follows:
- Rain chances begin to increase after 1am, with rain likely by sunrise. Rain will continue through midnight Thursday, with most areas receiving 1 inch. Our heaviest rains are expected between 1pm and 6pm.
- Strong to severe thunderstorms are possible between 1pm and 7pm.
- SE winds will begin to increase after sunrise, becoming sustained between 10 and 15 mph around noon. Gust of 25 to 30 mph are likely between 10am and 7pm. These winds will begin transitioning from the SE to the SW around sunset.
- SW winds will become sustained between 20 and 25 mph by 10am, and continue through sunset. Gust of 40+ mph are likely during this time. Winds will transition from the SW to the W after sunset and remain sustained between 15 and 20 mph overnight, with frequent gust of 20 to 30 mph likely.
- We are expected to reach our high temperature of 57 degrees at 10am Friday morning, with temperatures dropping during the remainder of the day. We are forecasted to be around 40 degrees by sunset, with a windchill of 32. Our overnight low is expected to occur around 5am Saturday morning with a temperature of 20 and a windchill of 9 degrees.
Saturday (Christmas Eve)
- W winds will remain sustained between 10 and 15 mph through sunset, with gust of 20 to 25 mph likely.
- We are expected to reach a high temperature of 35 degrees around 1pm, with a windchill of 25. Our overnight low is forecasted to occur around 5am Christmas morning, with a temperature of 21 degrees and a windchill of 13.
Sunday (Christmas Day)
- W winds will remain sustained between 5 and 10 mph. Winds will begin to transition from the W to the SW around 8pm.
- We are expected to reach a high temperature of 36 degrees around 1pm, with a windchill of 30. Our overnight low is forecasted to occur around 5am Monday morning, with a temperature of 22 and a windchill of 17.
- Winds will transition to the S and be sustained around 5 mph.
- A high of 40 degrees with a windchill of 35 is expected around noon, with an overnight low of 24.
Tuesday & Wednesday
- Winds will transition to the N on Tuesday and remain sustained around 5mph through Wednesday.
- Highs of 47 to 50 degrees and overnight lows of 28 to 30 degrees are expected for both days.
See the attached briefing and email below for the National Weather Service for their latest update.
Please take time today and tomorrow to ensure that any outside pets and / or livestock have adequate shelter to protect them from these forecasted impacts. We also encourage everyone to ensure that any exposed plumbing is protected from freezing temperatures.
From National Weather Service, Newport/Morehead City:
Attached is an updated overview of the potential weather impacts this week associated with the strong weather system that will be moving through the region.
*WHAT HAS CHANGED: Confidence is increasing regarding the potential for strong winds and coastal hazards. Additionally, there is the potential for a mix of light rain and snow tonight across parts of Duplin, Lenoir, western Jones, and inland Onslow Counties tonight. This is not associated with the late-week system, but we wanted to mention the potential. However, at this time, the risk of impacts from winter weather tonight is LOW.