While the worst of the Sandy has yet to come, the hurricane will continue to soak and whip eastern North Carolina this weekend.
Sandy will remain more than a hundred miles offshore, but is passing close enough to deliver rain and minimal tropical storm-force wind gusts to eastern North Carolina and neighboring northeastern South Carolina.
The steadiest rain will remain east of the Raleigh-Durham area.
The rain will gradually end in a southwest to northeast fashion across northeastern South Carolina and southeastern North Carolina into Sunday as Sandy continues its journey to the northeast.
However, Sandy's extremely unusual curve back into the Northeast after the weekend will prevent North Carolina's northeastern corner from drying out for Monday.
The rain will instead persist and push totals to 2 to 4 inches, heightening concerns for flash flooding in urban and poor drainage areas.
Winds will occasionally gust to 40 to 60 mph across eastern North Carolina into Monday evening, but will top that 60-mph threshold in the far northeast starting Sunday.
With the gusty winds, comes the danger of coastal flooding.
The immediate concern for winds driving waters onshore exists at the north- to northeast-facing beaches, leading to a storm surge of 3 to 5 feet along the northern Outer Banks and the Pamlico and Albermarle Sounds.
The winds will shift by the end of Sunday, bringing the threat of coastal flooding to the northwest-facing coastal points.
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Cold air and leftover snow showers are in store for the New Hampshire primary on Tuesday but should not significantly impact voter turnout.
The new week will bring more opportunities for snow to create slick travel in the northeastern United States, starting with a winter storm set to sideswipe New England on Monday.
Warmer air will build from California to Washington into Tuesday raising temperatures to near-record levels and increasing the risk of wildfires in some areas.
As the first of several waves of arctic air sweep southeastward across the Midwest, just enough snow will occur to cause slippery travel over a broad area into Monday.
A major ocean current in the Gulf of Mexico plays an important role in sustaining Florida red tide blooms, according to research conducted by the University of Miami.
Waves of arctic air invading the eastern half of the United States this week will culminate with the coldest weather of the season so far for some areas by the second weekend of February.
Vega, TX (1956)
61 inches of snow fell from one storm (Feb 1-8) State record for a single storm and for a month.
Snowstorm, worst of season. 12-18 inches in the western mountains . . . a foot common statewide up to 24 inches in the mountains of Vermont, between Bristol and Waitsfield. 16 inches in other mountain areas, 12-14 inches in valleys, 14 inches at Albany, NY and 10 inches at Plattsburgh, NY.
Chicago, FL (1987)
Wind gusts of 65-70 mph from the north and northeast produced 15 foot waves on Lake Michigan. There were extensive shoreline erosion resulting in millions of dollars, and boulders 6 feet in diameter were pushed on shore.