Coastal Storm to Bring Heavy Rain, Some Wintry Weather to NJ This Week
A powerful coastal storm, also known as a nor'easter, is taking shape along the Atlantic coast. This storm will have prolonged impacts on New Jersey, beginning Monday evening and lasting through Wednesday.
Here is a rundown of the expect weather impact:
- Temperatures for most of the state will hover above the freezing mark, in the 40s, during the peak of the storm on Tuesday.
- For most of the state, this will be a heavy rain event. Rainfall totals over 2 inches will be possible. A Flood Watch has been issued for part of New Jersey.
- In North Jersey - Sussex, Warren, Morris, and Passaic counties - the air will likely be cold enough both at the surface and far up in the atmosphere to sustain a period of accumulating snow and ice. In this area, 1 to 3 inches will be possible.
- Sustained winds of 25 mph with wind gusts up to 40 mph will be possible, especially along the coast.
- Minor to moderate coastal flooding is expected during times of high tide on Monday and Tuesday. The National Weather Service has issued a Coastal Flood Watch and a Coastal Flood Advisory for areas along the Atlantic Ocean, the Raritan Bay, and the Delaware Bay. High tide is expected to be 6 to 8 feet above normal as the storm system approaches. Beach erosion is likely, and road closures may be necessary if they become inundated with flood waters.
Typical of winter storms in New Jersey, this is a dynamic, ever-changing forecast. If temperatures turn just a few degrees colder than currently expected, for instance, the rain/snow forecast would be drastically different. Stay tuned to New Jersey 101.5 on-air and online for the latest, most accurate weather information.
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