Breezy & Comfortable Tuesday. Watching Nicole For Thursday & Friday!
CHARLESTON, S.C. (WCSC) - We are watching a rare November tropical system forecast to become a hurricane and heading towards South Florida. Then it turns north and weakens into a depression, but the impacts for us will be rain and some coastal flooding due to the onshore winds and high tides. Thursday and Friday will be First Alert Weather Days because of the rainfall potential and gusty winds driving higher tides. Tuesday we have a back door cold front pushing south as cooler weather moves in for Election Day. Highs will only reach the low 70s under a mostly sunny sky. The wind will begin to pick up on Tuesday as high pressure builds in from the north and a low pressure system will begin to strengthen down to our south in the Bahamas. This low pressure system to our south is newly developed Subtropical Storm Nicole. Nicole is not purely tropical(made up partially of cold air near the center) but the impacts will look the same as a traditional tropical system. Nicole will approach the Florida East Coast late Wednesday nearing hurricane strength. It appears Nicole will cross Florida, head into the Gulf of Mexico briefly, before turning north and northeast near the Southeast coastline. The current track takes Nicole near the South Carolina coastline on Friday as a fast moving weakening depression before exiting the area for the weekend. A cold front will move through Saturday night ushering in much cooler air by Sunday!
COASTAL IMPACTS: Tidal flooding begins Tuesday as the wind begins to pick up out of the northeast. Tidal flooding begins as a minor issue on Tuesday before ramping up to moderate or even major flooding levels on Wednesday, Thursday and possibly Friday. High surf and high tides will likely lead to beach erosion at some of our beaches this week.
RAIN IMPACTS: Rain will increase Wednesday night into Thursday. Showers, with periods of heavy rain, will be possible through Friday. The extent of heavy rain on Friday will be determined by the exact track of Nicole. Thankfully, October was a very dry month so initial rains will be absorbed very quickly by the dry ground.
WIND IMPACTS: A prolonged stretch of breezy conditions are likely. Sustained winds of 15-25 mph are likely from Tuesday through Friday. Higher winds and gusts are possible, especially near the coast. Gusts of 30-40 mph may be possible at times this week.
TUESDAY: Mostly Sunny. Breezy and Cooler. High 72, Low 51.
WEDNESDAY: Turning Cloudy. Slight Chance of a Shower. Breezy. High 68, Low 61.
THURSDAY: Cloudy with Rain Possible. Breezy at Times. High 73, Low 67.
FRIDAY: Cloudy with Rain Possible. Breezy at Times. High 76, Low 63.
SATURDAY: Increasing Sunshine. High 75, Low 45.
SUNDAY: Sunny and Cooler. High 59, Low 39.
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