Winds to remain through weekend

The strong winds that began affecting Grand Cayman late yesterday morning will linger through this coming weekend, the Cayman Islands National Meteorological Service is forecasting.

The weather system is associated with a cold front that is expected to stall out over Jamaica today, weather forecaster Alan Ebanks said.

The initial phase of the system will bring near gale force winds from the north-northeast and heavy seas.

‘There will be large waves – nine to 11 feet is what the forecast is calling for – along the west, north and east coasts for the next 24 to 36 hours,’ Mr. Ebanks said at 1pm Wednesday.

‘We should see the seas subsiding on the west coast on Friday as the winds pull more east-northeast.’

Mr. Ebanks said low-lying coastal areas along the west, north and east coasts could see some waves coming on shore.

The cold front will also bring cloudiness and isolated showers, as well as cooler temperatures.

Even though the cold front will begin dissipating after it stalls over Jamaica, its high pressure will keep the winds at 23 to 29 miles per hour through Sunday, and seas will remain rough at six to eight feet through then. As a result, a small craft warning will be in effect through the weekend.