First Warning Forecast: Keeping a close eye on Matthew

Posted at 5:24 PM, Oct 02, 2016

Keeping a close eye on Matthew….Everyone is talking about Hurricane Matthew and how the storm could impact our weather here in Hampton Roads and Northeastern North Carolina. We’ll get to that in a moment.

In the meantime, let’s talk about this early work week. As we move through our Monday and Tuesday, expect near average highs for this time of the year. High temperatures will climb into the mid 70s under a mixture of clouds and sunshine. A few isolated showers are possible, but no day looks like a washout.

As we move through midweek, we’ll likely see a few more clouds moving in, due in part to an area of high pressure building in from the north and a breezy northeasterly flow. That setup will keep the clouds locked in at times with a chance of a few showers. Highs on Wednesday through Friday will be in the mid 70s.

Our weather late this week into next weekend will all depend on the track of Hurricane Matthew.  Some of the global forecast models keep the storm offshore, while others move the hurricane north, hugging the east coast of the U.S. Right now, it looks like an approaching front and a strong area of high pressure to the north may help guide the storm away from us a little bit. But it’s going to be a close call.  We have several days to look at the evolution of Matthew. Stay tuned.

Tonight: Partly Cloudy to Mostly Cloudy. Slight chance of showers (20%). Lows in the mid 60s. Winds: N 5-10 mph.

Tomorrow: Clouds and Sun. Slight chance of showers (20%). Highs in the mid and upper 70s. Winds: N/NE 5-10 mph.

Tuesday: Clouds and Sun. Slight chance of showers (20%). Breezy. Highs in the mid 70s. Winds: NE 10-15 mph.

Weather & Health for Monday

Pollen: Low to Moderate (Ragweed, Grasses)

UV Index: Moderate

Air Quality: Good

Mosquitoes: Very High


11:00 PM EDT Sun Oct 2
Location: 14.7°N 75.0°W
Moving: N at 5 mph
Min pressure: 943 mb
Max sustained: 145 mph

Hurricane Matthew remains a powerful Category 4 storm in the Caribbean Sea.  At 11 p.m. Sunday, the center of the storm was located about 255 miles SSE of Kingston, Jamaica. Matthew had maximum sustained winds at 145 mph and it was moving to the north at 5 mph.  This general motion will continue through Monday.  On the forecast track, the center of Matthew will approach southwestern Haiti and Jamaica on Monday into Tuesday. Matthew is expected to remain a powerful hurricane into Tuesday. Then, the storm may weaken a bit. Hurricane-force winds extend outward up to 25 miles from the center and tropical-storm-force wins extend outward up to 195 miles.

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Today in Weather History (NWS Wakefield)

1969 F1 Tornado: Bertie Co

1973 F2 Tornado: Accomack Co

1977 Tornado: Virginia Beach

Dominic Brown
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