Updated by Meteorologist Tom Patton(5:00 AM, 10/4/2015)
The main weather impacts over Virginia will be ongoing into the day today and Monday over coastal areas. This is where moderate to strong northeasterly winds are the primary driving force behind high water surges, particularly around times of high tide. That coupled with high ocean swells being generated by Hurricane Joaquin are causing much higher than normal water level rises along the Atlantic Coast, Chesapeake Bay, and tidal rivers in Eastern Virginia. That will bring moderate to MAJOR flooding to all areas adjacent to the Bay and Atlantic, with COASTAL FLOOD WARNINGS in effect until Monday morning. The highest levels of this entire event are expected to occur during high tide on Sunday afternoon.
As the pressure gradient along the East Coast begins to decrease on Monday and Hurricane Joaquin moves farther away from the U.S. mainland, seas and water levels should begin to subside.
Below is the most recent Coastal impact summary from NWS Wakefield sent out a little earlier today (10/3):
Here is link to NWS text forecasts that include coastal flooding:
Listen to local officials if you are on the Bay/Rivers! If they say to leave-- leave.
Updated by Meteorologist Tom Patton(5:00 am, 10/4/2015)
Today: Cloudy with some showers and drizzle likely during the day. Highs in the mid to upper 60s. (Rain Chance: 70%)
MONDAY: Clouds, a few light showers or just some drizzle possible during the morning, then some partial clearing should take place from north to south by afternoon. Highs in the upper 60s. (Rain Chance: 20%)
TUESDAY: Mostly sunny and pleasant. Highs in the low 70s.
WEDNESDAY: Mostly sunny. Highs in the mid to upper 70s.
THURSDAY: Mostly sunny. Highs in the mid to upper 70s.
FRIDAY: Partly sunny, a cold front approaches but at this point looks to be a dry front. Highs in the mid to upper 70s. (Rain Chance: 10%)
SATURDAY: Partly sunny and pleasant. Highs in the mid 70s.