UPDATED: Water still up soundside; winds to gradually decrease overnight

The strong west winds, combined with high tide has sent water back into some of downtown Manteo's streets this evening. [courtesy Town of Manteo/Youtube]

UPDATED, Monday 8:15 p.m.
Winds continue to blow out of the west between 20 and 30 mph, with gusts of 40 to 45, and there are still areas soundside where the water has remained up or risen again with tonight’s lunar high tide.

Winds are forecast to gradually decrease during the overnight hours and that will allow the water to drop again.

According to the latest reports from the Dare County Sheriff’s Office, on Colington Road there was standing water in the westbound lane near The Blue Crab, and both lanes between Billy’s Seafood and The Saltbox.

Along N.C. 12 on Hatteras Island, some standing water will be found in low spots between Oregon Inlet and Salvo. Avon to Frisco is clear.

There is a small amount of sand and water entering Hatteras village in the area of Austin Road, and a small patch of standing water near Eagle Pass.

With high tide between 8 a.m. and 10 p.m., water levels may increase slightly, mainly in areas prone to flooding from west winds. NCDOT reports no ocean overwash this evening.

All roads remain open at this time, but travelers are advised to use caution.

Downtown Manteo:

National Weather Service forecast for Nags Head, as of 8 p.m.:

Tonight – Coastal Flood Advisory until 8 a.m. Tuesday, High Surf Advisory until 10 p.m.
Mostly cloudy, then gradually becoming clear, with a low around 32. Windy, with a west wind 22 to 29 mph, with gusts as high as 43 mph.
Tuesday
Sunny, with a high near 44. West wind 9 to 18 mph, with gusts as high as 24 mph.
Tuesday Night
Mostly clear, with a low around 36. Southwest wind 5 to 7 mph.
Wednesday
Mostly sunny, with a high near 60. Southwest wind 7 to 10 mph.
Wednesday Night
A slight chance of rain after 1am. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 44. Southwest wind around 10 mph. Chance of precipitation is 20%.
Thursday
Rain likely, mainly after 1pm. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 55. Chance of precipitation is 60%. New precipitation amounts of less than a tenth of an inch possible.
Thursday Night
Rain likely. Cloudy, with a low around 34. Breezy. Chance of precipitation is 70%.
Friday
Rain and snow likely, becoming all rain after 1pm. Cloudy, with a high near 45. Windy. Chance of precipitation is 70%.
Friday Night
Rain likely, mainly before 1am. Cloudy, with a low around 33. Windy. Chance of precipitation is 60%.
Saturday
A chance of rain before 1pm. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 47. Breezy. Chance of precipitation is 40%.
Saturday Night
Mostly cloudy, with a low around 32. Breezy.
Sunday
Partly sunny, with a high near 45.
Sunday Night
Partly cloudy, with a low around 31.
Monday
Sunny, with a high near 44.

PREVIOUS COVERAGE FROM THROUGHOUT THE WEEKEND:

UPDATED, Monday 8:15 a.m.

UPDATED, Monday 7:45 a.m.
Strong southwest winds will continue today, leading to soundside flooding in normal trouble spots from Duck to Avon, as well as along the mainland.

N.C. 12 north of Rodanthe [courtesy Mandy Fuller]
Avon [courtesy Sharon Simpson]
N.C. Highway 12 remains open as of Monday morning, but soundside and/or oceanside flooding has been reported in multiple areas, per a 7:00 a.m. update from the North Carolina Department of Transportation (NCDOT), and the roadway may not be passable for all vehicles.

Conditions along the roadway per the NCDOT:

Oregon Inlet to Mirlo Beach: Some blown sand and standing water from heavy rain last night. Passable
Rodanthe-Waves-Salvo: Soundside flooding with 6-10 inches of water on road. Passable with extreme caution.
Buxton to Hatteras: Blown sand and some standing rainwater. Passable.
Ocracoke: Some ocean overwash and sand. Passable.

UPDATED, Sunday 9 p.m.
Winds are shifting to an offshore direction now, and that is expected to push the sounds back towards the Outer Banks tonight into Monday.

UPDATED, Sunday 8 p.m.
Update from the N.C. Department of Transportation posted at 7:30 p.m.:

There is currently strong wind and heavy rain at many locations on Hatteras Island. N.C. 12 is open, but travel tonight is treacherous. Don’t go out unless you absolutely have to. Here’s some location-specific conditions:

  • Oregon Inlet to Pea Island Visitor Center: no overwash, many areas of standing water and blown sand. Roadway is passable.
  • Mirlo Beach: Some minor trickle overwash, roadway passable.
  • Buxton: Minor overwash, roadway passable.
  • Hatteras: Some blown sand on roadway, standing rainwater at several locations. Roadway passable.
  • Ocracoke: Moderate ocean overwash, sand on roadway. Roadway passable.

Crews were going to remain out until about 7:30 p.m. clearing what sand has blown or washed on N.C. 12, and then return in the morning before the 7 a.m. high tide.

From the Dare County Sheriff’s Office at 7:30 p.m.:

Colington Road is passable with some puddles. The S Curves in Rodanthe are still passable with sand on the road, DOT is on scene. Galleon Dr in Salvo is passable with spots of heavy water and sand. Ramp 38 North bound lane has 2 inches of rain water but still passable. Sand and ocean tide are in the roadway at the Cape Hatteras Motel. Ocean overwash is in the North bound lane of Corbina Dr and NC 12 in Rodanthe.

National Weather Service forecast for Nags Head, as of Sunday 8 p.m.:

Tonight – Wind Advisory, Coastal Flood Warning, High Surf Advisory; High Wind Warning for Hatteras Island
Rain and possibly a thunderstorm before 1am, then a slight chance of rain between 1am and 3am. Some of the storms could produce heavy rainfall. Low around 39. Windy, with a south wind 23 to 29 mph becoming west in the evening. Winds could gust as high as 43 mph. Chance of precipitation is 100%. New precipitation amounts between three quarters and one inch possible.
M.L.King Day
Mostly sunny, with a high near 46. Windy, with a southwest wind around 30 mph, with gusts as high as 41 mph.
Monday Night
Mostly clear, with a low around 34. Windy, with a west wind 24 to 31 mph, with gusts as high as 39 mph.
Tuesday
Sunny, with a high near 47. Breezy, with a west wind 17 to 22 mph decreasing to 11 to 16 mph in the afternoon. Winds could gust as high as 26 mph.
Tuesday Night
Mostly clear, with a low around 36. Southwest wind 6 to 9 mph.
Wednesday
Mostly sunny, with a high near 56.
Wednesday Night
A chance of showers after 1am. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 44. Chance of precipitation is 30%.
Thursday
A chance of showers. Cloudy, with a high near 52. Chance of precipitation is 50%.
Thursday Night
A chance of rain. Cloudy, with a low around 33. Breezy. Chance of precipitation is 40%.
Friday
A chance of rain and snow before 1pm, then a chance of rain. Cloudy, with a high near 44. Windy. Chance of precipitation is 40%.
Friday Night
A chance of rain. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 32. Windy. Chance of precipitation is 40%.
Saturday
A chance of rain. Partly sunny, with a high near 44. Breezy. Chance of precipitation is 30%.
Saturday Night
Mostly cloudy, with a low around 31.
Sunday

Mostly sunny, with a high near 41.


UPDATED, Sunday 2:50 p.m.

While the large winter storm crossing North Carolina has brought snow, sleet and freezing rain to interior sections of the state, it’s just been a typical chilly, raw Sunday in January on the Outer Banks.

Heavy rain, strong winds, and coastal flooding are likely tonight through Monday, according forecasters at the Newport/Morehead City National Weather Service office.

Rain has increased in coverage through the day, as have the winds. Ferry service has been the only travel impacts so far along the coast.

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 overwash and beach erosion.

There is also a threat of strong to severe thunderstorms, with heavy downpours and even an isolated tornado possible, mainly late Sunday afternoon and into the evening.

A High Wind Warning will go into effect Sunday at 4 p.m. along Hatteras and Ocracoke islands Wind gusts of over 50 mph are expected Sunday evening as the center of the storm system passes to our west. A Wind Advisory will also be in effect for the northern beaches and inland counties in northeast N.C.

A High Surf Advisory starts Sunday at 1 p.m. for large breaking waves in the surf zone of 6 to 12 feet. A Coastal Flood Warning begins Sunday at 4 p.m., with the possibility of flooding of 2 to 4 feet above ground level along beaches and soundside.

The weather service says to be alert for rapid water levels rises along the soundside of the Outer Banks late Sunday night and Monday as winds shift from onshore to offshore after midnight.

Some sections of eastern North Carolina away from the water have seen a brief period of a wintry mix, with freezing rain, sleet and light snow this morning.

A Winter Weather Advisory was in effect this morning for Washington, Beaufort, Bertie and Hertford counties and points west.

The storm is bringing mainly wintry weather conditions west of I-95 in North Carolina, with freezing rain in the central sections of the state and heavy snow in the foothills and mountains.

Stay with the OBX Today Weather Center, Beach 104, Big 94.5 WCMS, 99.1 The Sound and Z 92.3 for all the latest info.

National Weather Service forecast for Nags Head, as of Sunday 9 a.m.:

Today
A chance of showers before 11am, then a chance of rain between 11am and 1pm, then showers and possibly a thunderstorm after 1pm. High near 55. Windy, with an east wind 21 to 29 mph, with gusts as high as 36 mph. Chance of precipitation is 100%. New rainfall amounts between a half and three quarters of an inch possible.
Tonight
Showers and possibly a thunderstorm before 1am, then a slight chance of showers between 1am and 4am. Low around 38. Windy, with a southeast wind 28 to 38 mph becoming southwest 15 to 25 mph in the evening. Winds could gust as high as 47 mph. Chance of precipitation is 100%. New precipitation amounts between 1 and 2 inches possible.
M.L.King Day
Mostly sunny, with a high near 47. Windy, with a southwest wind 26 to 29 mph, with gusts as high as 36 mph.
Monday Night
Mostly clear, with a low around 34. Windy, with a west wind 21 to 28 mph, with gusts as high as 34 mph.
Tuesday
Sunny, with a high near 45. West wind 11 to 17 mph, with gusts as high as 22 mph.
Tuesday Night
Mostly clear, with a low around 37.
Wednesday
Mostly sunny, with a high near 55.
Wednesday Night
Mostly cloudy, with a low around 44.
Thursday
A chance of rain. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 51. Breezy. Chance of precipitation is 50%.
Thursday Night
A chance of rain before 1am, then a chance of rain and snow. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 37. Breezy. Chance of precipitation is 40%.
Friday
A chance of rain and snow. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 41. Windy. Chance of precipitation is 50%.
Friday Night
A chance of rain and snow. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 37. Windy. Chance of precipitation is 50%.
Saturday
Mostly cloudy, with a high near 43. Windy.
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