First Alert Forecast: soaking rain, wintry temperatures

First Alert Forecast: soaking rain, wintry temperatures
The latest from your First Alert Weather Team. (Source: WECT)

WILMINGTON, NC (WECT) - Good Saturday to you! Hopefully you have plans to stay indoors this weekend - rain chances will trend higher through the weekend, as a wet, wintry, and windy storm system slogs across the Carolinas. There’s potential for significant rain, which will add to our already record-setting yearly total, but the type of precipitation you experience will vary depending on where your travels take you and the temperatures expected. So, the forecast remains:

1. HEAVY RAIN... Between Saturday night and Tuesday, one to three and locally four inches of drenching, soaking rain is likely. Please exercise caution amid slick and / or ponded roadways.

2. ICE AND SNOW... Winter precipitation may mix with the rain across the Lower Cape Fear Region, but significant ice and snow is more probable north and west of Lumberton and Fayetteville. Please monitor the forecast in case of changes and use extreme caution if you need to travel northwestward.

3. WINDS AND TIDES... Onshore winds will regularly gust in the 20s and 30s mph Saturday into Sunday. Winds will shift offshore but still at stout speeds Monday and Tuesday. Please secure loose items, including Christmas inflatables, and be vigilant for minor to moderate high tidal flooding.

4. TEMPERATURES... Expect daily highs in the 40s and 50s and overnight lows mainly 30s in the Lower Cape Fear Region through early next week. The colder surface temperatures get, the higher chances of frozen precipitation.

5. TAILOR YOUR FORECAST... The planning forecast you see here reflects values for WECT Weather App’s Wilmington zone. Tap into your app from a far inland or beach zone to see a more tailored forecast for you!

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