Dustin’s First Alert Forecast: Heavy rain and gusty winds will be at play Saturday; Sunny & cool Sunday

As we have begun the weekend, rain will continue to pick up into the morning hours and eventually become lighter in the early afternoon hours. Most hometowns have seen from 0.50″ to an 1.00″ of rain. An additional 1 to 2 inches is still on the table for most of the coastal areas and less towards the inland areas. A few rumbles of thunder can not be ruled out. Due to the heavy rain forecasted, a Coastal Flood Advisory for several counties including Beaufort, Carteret, Dare, Hyde, Onslow, and Pamlico, which will remain in effect until 6 PM Saturday, and a Coastal Flood Warning for parts of Carteret, Craven, Dare, and Pamlico until 2 AM Tuesday, March 26. Even though the flood threat is low, a few isolated spots along the coast could see some river flooding.

After the rain departs the ENC area, the winds will be next talk of the town. Due to this, a Wind Advisory has been extended to 8 PM Sunday for parts of Carteret and Dare Counties, warning of possible wind speeds peaking at 50 mph, with sustained winds forecasted to range between 20-40 mph.

Temperatures will hold in the 60s and then drop to the 50s Sunday, with sunny skies. Lows will also drop to the 30s at night, with wind chills in the 30s. A light freeze or frost is possible, but most areas will remain to breezy for frost to develop. If you have plants/vegetations outdoors, either bring them inside or cover them up outside.

For the final lap of March as we wrap up the final week, temperatures warm back up to the 60s and more clear skies continue for ENC through midweek before another round of rain moves in Wednesday and into Thursday before clearing out for Easter weekend.

Stay tuned to WITN, witn.com, and the WITN First Alert Weather App for the latest information.