Weekend weather looking wet

Published 10:37 pm Wednesday, August 31, 2016

Folks hoping for one last nice weekend before school’s back in session could be disappointed this weekend.

A tropical depression in the Gulf of Mexico was upgraded Wednesday to Tropical Storm Hermine, and the forecast track shows it heading across the Florida panhandle and up the East Coast.

“There is quite a bit of uncertainty at this point,” meteorologist Scott Minnick of the National Weather Service in Wakefield said Wednesday evening. “It is possible the area could see 1 to 3 inches of rain. Once the storm develops a little bit better and starts to move, we should be able to get a much better grasp on what kind of rainfall to expect.”

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Gusts of 30 to 35 miles per hour also could accompany the storm’s arrival in Suffolk, Minnick said. He expects the area to be most affected between Friday night and Saturday night.

“We should start to see improving conditions definitely by Sunday or Sunday night,” he said.

Minor coastal flooding on the Nansemond River is also a possibility.

“That will definitely be something else we’ll have to keep an eye on,” he said.

After the storm moves out of town, Labor Day should be mostly sunny with a high near 84, according to the National Weather Service forecast.