Wednesday, September 24, 2014

1st Coastal Storm of the Season

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

It's the second full day of fall and we already have our first coastal storm of the season.  This wave of low pressure will continue to organize as it slowly works its way north along the coast.  
GOES-EAST IR Satellite

Impacts will be greatest right along and east of I-95 where heavy rains and rough surf for coastal areas is expected.  For the Shenandoah Valley, there's a dry layer of air aloft which will help hold rain off until later this evening.  Even then expect showers to be light, generally keeping totals 0.01-0.10" across the southern Valley to up to 0.25" across the northern Valley.
WxBell HRRR Composite Radar Forecast
Meanwhile farther east, Flood Watches have been issued for the greater Baltimore/Washington DC areas as 1-2" with locally higher amounts are expected.  High Surf Advisories have also gone up for VA Beach and parts of the Eastern Shore where waves may kick up to as high as 6-8 feet along with areas of minor coastal flooding with consistent onshore flow.  A few more months and a storm like this will be laying down the white gold.

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