Cold weather predicted for Christmas weekend

Published 10:19 pm Tuesday, December 20, 2022

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Late this week, an unusually strong cold front is forecast to bring multiple hazards to much of eastern North Carolina.

On Tuesday morning, the National Weather Service in Morehead City issued its second update about the timing of potential hazards.

Moderate to strong winds are an elevated risk over land and water on Friday, Dec. 23.

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Coastal flooding, both oceanside and soundside, and beach erosion are an elevated risk on Friday and Saturday with minor beach erosion and possible coastal flooding Thursday into Friday. Late Friday into Saturday, strong westerly winds develop shifting the risk of coastal flooding to soundside.

Cold temperatures and wind chills pose elevated risk on Friday and Saturday. Friday and Saturday night the low temperature is forecast at 27 degrees with lower wind chill values. On Christmas Day, the forecast calls for a high temperature of 38 degrees.

Marine impact on rivers, sounds and coastal waters will be a significant risk Friday, Dec. 23, with elevated risk on Thursday and Saturday. Watch for gale warnings or watches

moderate to heavy rainfall is expected Thursday along with thunderstorms.

Impacts on aviation may be significant Thursday and Friday, Dec. 22 and Dec. 23.