On Tuesday and into Wednesday this week, a major storms system will get its act together off the East Coast is it moves up into New England. Our impacts here in the Southeast will be felt as a soaking rain, with more than an inch expected along the coast. This is more beneficial rain for our region, but only putting a dent in the deficit. Some locations could receive well over an inch or above or below their forecast values. The below map is an estimate as of now of who will see more rain than others. The trend is currently along the coast for the heaviest amounts. Also central and eastern NC up into southeast VA will see higher amounts compared to other inland locations. The mountains we expect will see less amounts on the eastern slope, but just so the west in TN there could be some locally higher amounts.
All of this is expected to be RAIN and not snow. The first snow of the season is possible in parts of the highest elevations in West Virginia and that is the ONLY location.
Another concern is increasing winds near the coast, which could result in scattered power outages, but we aren’t expecting a widespread problem. The farther north you go, the stronger your winds will be. Coastal flooding could be another issue once again, especially along the coast as winds pick up. Areas that were just affected by Melissa, such as the Outer Banks, could face more issues with flooding from this coastal system.
Stay tuned to our forecasts especially our daily forecasts as this coastal even unfolds this week. Again, the above is an estimate for now and the amounts could change as new data comes in. Conditions will deteriorate late Tuesday and most of the day Wednesday as an area of low pressure skirts across the Southeast and offshore. Stay safe on the roads and expect travel delays on Wednesday!