Storm departs after gusts hit 65 mph; blustery days to continue

By on March 13, 2018

A few hearty souls check out the surf  this morning near Nags Head Fishing Pier (Rob Morris).

Wind gusts topped 60 mph along the coast Monday night as a winter storm raced by the Outer Banks to deliver another blizzard to the New England states.

Traces of snow also fell in northeastern North Carolina, according to the National Weather Service’s Morehead City 0ffice.


The highest gust clocked in at 69 mph at Jennette’s Pier over the water, while on shore, the Oregon Inlet Coast Guard Station measured one at 65 mph, the Weather Service reported.

Elsewhere, wind gusts generally ranged from 40 to 50 mph on the coast and a little higher just offshore.

Barometric pressures were measured well below 1,000 millibars, the equivalent of a tropical storm. The system also expanded across a broader area than a tropical storm or hurricane would.


The northwest winds will draw in cold air under sunny skies today before another damp, breezy burst of weather moves through on Wednesday.

Look for high temperatures today with northwest winds of 20 to 29 mph and gusts up to 41 mph.


The Weather Services forecasts a chance of sprinkles and flurries before 8 a.m. Wednesday and a chance showers after 2 p.m. Otherwise it will be mostly sunny with winds of 14 to 21 mph.

Things will clear out Wednesday night, when the lows will be around 37 degrees and winds, 20 to 23 mph.


  • michael

    Around 11 last night we had 1.5 inches or so on Roanoke island. Then it melted fast. Golf ball size snow flakes. Long long winter

    Tuesday, Mar 13 @ 10:17 am
  • dave

    And yet again the Weather Channel WAY underestimates the storm.

    Wednesday, Mar 14 @ 9:51 am
  • Mike

    How is the beach erosion from these storms?

    Wednesday, Mar 14 @ 3:35 pm
  • Bud

    Mike, erosion was significant where there are dune-lines or sandbags. But where overwash is allowed to flow we get gains in elevation, sand deposits, and a wider beach..

    Saturday, Mar 17 @ 8:40 am
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