Inclement Weather Potential - Sunday & Monday - Sunday Afternoon Report | Beaufort County Now | This afternoon's update from the National Weather Service can be found in the email below and the attached briefing

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Good Afternoon Everyone,

    This afternoon's update from the National Weather Service can be found in the email below and the attached briefing. Additional details pertaining to the impacts of this system continue to emerge. Changes have once again been made to the forecast for Beaufort County, particularly regarding forecasted wind and flooding conditions. Those changes are highlighted below.

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    Current Watches / Warnings issued for Beaufort County

  • A Winter Weather Advisory has been issued for areas along and west of Hwy 17, meaning frozen rain, sleet and / or snow is possible within the next 12 to 36 hrs. These conditions could create hazardous driving conditions, especially along elevated road surfaces such as bridges, overpasses, etc early Sunday morning. (Through 10am)
  • A Coastal Flood Warning has been issued for all of Beaufort County's shoreline, meaning that minor to moderate inundation is imminent.
  • A Coastal Wind Advisory has been issued meaning winds of 35mph with higher gust are expected.


  • A mix of rain, freezing rain and sleet will begin to move into our area around 4am Sunday morning and continue through 9am as temps climb above freezing. Any accumulation is expected to be minor with 1/10th of an inch possible for areas along and west of Hwy 17.
  • Rain is expected after 10am and will continue through midnight. 1 1/2 to 2 inches of rain is being forecasted for most of Beaufort County. 2 to 3 inches of rain is possible for areas SE of Durham Creek, Bonnerton and Edward. Our heaviest rains are forecasted to occur between 1pm and 7pm Sunday.
  • *Temperatures are currently forecasted to remain above freezing during the overnight hours of Sunday night / Monday morning.*


  • NE winds will begin to increase after 10am Sunday, becoming sustained between 15 and 20 mph by noon. These elevated winds will transition to the SE by sunset Sunday, SW during the overnight hours and W by noon Monday. Winds are currently forecasted to remain sustained between 15 and 25 mph through sunset Monday, with frequent gust of 25 to 30mph likely during this time. Gust between 40 and 45 mph are possible for areas east of Washington, and especially along our county's shoreline.


  • Water levels of 2 to 4feet above normal is expected for the shoreline areas of Beaufort County Sunday evening and Monday. Higher levels are possible for areas susceptible to sustained SW / W winds Monday.
  • Localized flooding of low lying areas is possible Sunday, as periods of rain could be heavy at times.

    Strong / Severe Weather / Thunderstorms

  • The last 2 updates have shown an increasing possibility of strong / severe storms for areas east of Pantego, Bath, Durham Creek, Bonnerton and Edward. This threat is highest Sunday afternoon / evening.

    This is the last scheduled update from the National Weather Service. We encourage everyone to continue to monitor local media outlets for additional information, as well as any watches and /or warnings that may be issued.

    We also encourage anyone that will be travelling prior to 10am Sunday morning to do so with caution, especially while driving over bridges, overpasses, etc.

    As always, thank you all for what you do to keep Beaufort County informed, prepared and safe.

    Chris Newkirk
       Deputy Director,     Beaufort County Emergency Services

    1420 Highland Dr
    Washington, NC 27889

       Office: (252) 940-6511  •  Cell: (252) 378-5352

    Good afternoon,

    Attached is our updated briefing on the storm system impacting Eastern NC this weekend. We have issued several new warnings, watches, and advisories with this update:
  • · Coastal Flood Warnings for the Outer Banks, Beaufort and Mainland Hyde counties
  • · High Wind Warning for the Outer Banks and Eastern Carteret
  • · High Surf Advisory from Duck to Surf City
  • · Coastal Flood and Wind Advisories

    In the Winter Weather Advisory area (mainly areas along and west of Hwy 17), we anticipate a brief period of a wintry mix (freezing rain, sleet, light snow) early Sunday that could be hazardous to travel before transitioning to rain, which may be heavy at times, by late Sunday morning through the afternoon.

    For the majority of the event, heavy rain, wind, and coastal flooding will be the highest impacts. Strong southeast winds on Sunday will shift to the west and southwest Sunday night into Monday, resulting in minor to moderate water level rises. In addition, large waves will likely lead to ocean over wash and beach erosion. Please see our attached briefing for details on this event.

    This will be our last briefing unless there are significant changes.

    As always, please call our office if you have any questions (252-223-5737 ext. 6).


      NWS Morehead City

      NOAA - National Weather Service

      Newport/Morehead City, NC Weather Forecast Office
      533 Roberts Rd
      Newport, NC 28570
      Phone: 252-223-5737
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