High winds and rain expected this weekend
Published 2:30 pm Friday, March 31, 2023
The National Weather Service has issued a wind advisory in effect for a region that includes Suffolk for a 16-hour stretch of Saturday, April 1.
The advisory notes that on Saturday from 8 a.m.-midnight, southwest winds 20 to 30 mph with gusts of 40 to 45 mph are expected. Winds may briefly gust to as high as 50 mph Saturday afternoon and into the evening.
These gusty winds could blow around unsecured objects, tree limbs could be blown down, and a few power outages may result.
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“Use extra caution when driving, especially if operating a high profile vehicle,” officials stated. “Secure outdoor objects.”
This advisory is relevant to portions of northeast North Carolina and eastern and southeast Virginia.
POSSIBILITY OF RAIN AND THUNDERSTORMS
There is a 60% chance the wind will be accompanied by precipitation Saturday during the day, according to an NWS forecast for Suffolk.
On Saturday, showers are likely and possibly a thunderstorm, mainly after noon. It is expected to be mostly cloudy, with a high near 78, and windy, with a southwest wind 22 to 26 mph, with gusts as high as 43 mph. New rainfall amounts expected are between a tenth and quarter of an inch, except higher amounts are possible in thunderstorms.
Saturday evening, there will be a slight chance of showers and thunderstorms before 9 p.m. It is expected to be mostly clear, with a low around 46, and breezy, with a southwest wind 17 to 24 mph becoming northwest after midnight. Winds could gust as high as 39 mph. The chance of precipitation is 20%.