Photo by Peter Vankevich.

The National Weather Service out of Newport/Morehead City this morning (Jan. 2) updated their forecast that the cold front and coastal storm expected to hit eastern North Carolina Monday morning now has a greater potential of bringing severe weather. Rain and high winds will begin Sunday afternoon.

Strong wind gusts of 40 to 50 mph along the coast with scattered power outages are possible. A Coastal Flood Advisory, High Surf Advisory and Wind Advisory have been issued.

Minor ocean overwash and moderate coastal flooding will be possible from Corolla to Ocracoke.

There is the strong possibility that ferry service will be suspended until safe to resume.

The unusually warm weather for the past week will end by Monday afternoon when temperatures will plummet into the low 40s.

The storm may bring some much-needed rain with forecasts of two-to-three inches possible.

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