You may not want to plan a trip to the beach this Memorial Day weekend.
The rest of the week should be sunny and dry, but the current forecast shows rain moving into the area Saturday and continuing through Monday as a potential tropical system forms off the southeast coast of the United States.
Meteorologist John Elardo with the National Weather Service in Newport, which includes Onslow County in its forecast area, said they’ll have a more detailed forecast as the weekend nears, but forecast models currently indicate a good chance of rain.
“It looks like starting Saturday afternoon and continuing into Monday we can expect scattered showers and thunderstorms and locally heavy downpours,” Elardo said. “We may also get a threat of rip currents.”
Elardo said the precipitation will not necessarily be persistent but will likely affect a large portion of eastern North Carolina.
“It’s not going to rain the entire weekend. There will be dry periods, but we do have rain and thunderstorms to contend with,” Elardo said.
Elardo said the system is one they’ll be watching closely over the next few days, but don’t expect this week’s nice weather to continue after Friday.
“Whether it becomes a tropical system or not, we’re looking at wet weather,” Elardo said.
Along the beaches, a higher risk of rip currents is expected.
Rainfall projections for the area range from 0.80 inches to a little over one inch of rain closer to the coastal areas of Onslow County.
While rain may be on the way for the holiday weekend, the forecast for the remainder of the week remains a nice one with sunny skies and temperatures in the mid-80s.
The National Weather Service had not issued any advisories for the local area as of Wednesday.