High Winds and Blizzard Conditions in the Central U.S.; Critical Fire Weather in Southern California

A powerful winter storm will continue to bring widespread impacts to the central U.S. today. Blizzard conditions will continue across portions of the east-central and northern Plains while high winds to 65 mph will continue over portions of the west-central and northern Plains into this evening. Gusty offshore winds will drive several days of critical fire weather in southern California.
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Coastal Waters Forecast for S of Cape Lookout NC to Surf City NC out to 20 nm (AMZ158) (Text-Only)
NWS Forecast for: S of Cape Lookout NC to Surf City NC out to 20 nm (AMZ158)
Issued by: National Weather Service Morehead City, NC
Last Update: 300 PM EST Fri Jan 15 2021
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Tonight: SW winds 15 to 20 kt with gusts up to 30 kt, becoming W 20 to 25 kt with gusts up to 30 kt after midnight, then diminishing to 15 to 20 kt late. Seas 4 to 6 ft. Dominant period 6 seconds. Adjacent sounds and rivers choppy, increasing to rough after midnight, then diminishing to choppy late. A chance of showers early this evening, then showers late this evening and early morning. A slight chance of showers late.

Sat: W winds 20 to 25 kt with gusts up to 30 kt, increasing to 25 to 30 kt with gusts up to 40 kt in the afternoon. Seas 5 to 7 ft, building to 6 to 9 ft in the afternoon. Near shore, seas 3 to 5 ft, building to 5 to 7 ft in the afternoon. Dominant period 7 seconds. Adjacent sounds and rivers rough, increasing to very rough in the afternoon.

Sat Night: W winds 25 to 30 kt with gusts up to 40 kt. Seas 6 to 9 ft, except 5 to 7 ft near shore. Dominant period 8 seconds. Adjacent sounds and rivers very rough.

Sun: W winds 15 to 20 kt. Seas 3 to 5 ft. Dominant period 7 seconds. Adjacent sounds and rivers choppy.

Sun Night: W winds 20 to 25 kt with gusts up to 30 kt. Seas 4 to 6 ft. Adjacent sounds and rivers rough.

Mon: W winds 15 to 20 kt, increasing to 20 to 25 kt in the afternoon. Seas 4 to 6 ft. Adjacent sounds and rivers choppy, increasing to rough in the afternoon.

Mon Night: NW winds 20 to 25 kt with gusts up to 30 kt, diminishing to 10 to 15 kt after midnight. Seas 3 to 5 ft. Adjacent sounds and rivers rough, diminishing to a moderate chop after midnight.

Tue: W winds 5 to 10 kt, increasing to 15 to 20 kt. Seas 2 to 4 ft. Adjacent sounds and rivers light chop, increasing to choppy.

Wed: NW winds 15 to 20 kt, diminishing to 10 to 15 kt. Seas 2 to 4 ft. Adjacent sounds and rivers choppy, diminishing to a moderate chop.



Zone Forecast: S of Cape Lookout NC to Surf City NC out to 20 nm (AMZ158)

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