A storm system headed this way late this weekend will bring heavy rain and strong winds to the area Sunday and Sunday night, the National Weather Service out of Newport is forecasting.
A wintry mix of sleet or areas of freezing rain early Sunday morning before changing quickly to all rain by mid Sunday morning is likely for the inland areas west of Ocracoke.
Heavy rain and gusty winds are likely Sunday afternoon and Sunday night.
Strong southeast winds Sunday will shift into the southwest to west Sunday night into Monday. Minor to locally moderate water level rises will be possible for areas adjacent to the coast, Pamlico Sound, Neuse, Bay and Pungo Rivers.
High surf may lead to ocean overwash and beach erosion along the coast.
Due to windy conditions today, a small-craft advisory for the Pamlico Sound issued by the NWS is in effect until 7 a.m. Saturday.