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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Snow is forecast to fall in unusual places this weekend in spots that have not seen a measurable snowfall in over a decade.
The return of colder air was accompanied by some snow early Friday night with the next chance of wintry precipitation later this weekend.
The return of colder air was accompanied by a few inches of snow early Friday night with the next chance of wintry precipitation before the end of the weekend.
Bitter cold will linger in the parts of the southern Plains impacted by the late-week ice storm, which could have been the worst to hit the United States in years.
Lingering frigid air will not only lay the path for more icing this weekend but will also delay recovery in communities dealing with widespread power outages and thus no heat.
A historical nuisance in the Christmas tree industry, brought on by recent wet weather, may threaten the tree crop this winter season.
Riverview, FL (1996)
A tornado killed one person; 6 mobile homes were destroyed.
Connecticut River (1740)
Early snows and hard freeze followed by a thaw and heavy rains produced the greatest flood on Connecticut River in 50 years; on Merrimac in 70 years.
Louisville, KY (1885)
15.0" snow set 24 hour snowfall record and single storm total for city (7th-8th).