It looks like we’re going to have a couple of miserable days on the Outer Banks. There’s no way to sugarcoat that. 

The forecast called for a rapid intensification of the low that formed offshore and the forecasters sure got this one right. At 6:00 p.m. we had light winds and over cast skies; two hours later the winds were over 20 mph with a hard rain. 

Three hours later the winds holding steady at 30 with gusts 40-45 and according to the forecast and satellite imagery, the most potent part of the storm is not quite here yet.

The temperature has been falling as well. About a degree and a half to two degrees an hour which matches up with the predicted change over to snow and a wintry mix about 2:30 or 3:00 in the morning.

Given the nature of this storm, location is everything. Kitty Hawk and south is under a winter storm warning with 2”-4” expected. Corolla has been issued a blizzard warning with 5-7” and winds gusting to 50 mph.

Of course we’ll have some pretty rough seas as well. The forecast includes some soundside flooding, but that will be mostly isolated areas of Hatteras Island and inland areas bordering the sounds. Rough seas and some ocean overwash is also in the forecast. Should e a good test for the just completed beach nourishment project  in Duck, Kitty Hawk and Kill Devil Hills.

And it’s going to get very cold over the next few days.

It’s definitely a good night to be inside. If there’s a fireplace, light it. Under any circumstances, don’t go out unless there’s a really good reason.