The National Weather Service has posted a Winter Storm Warning and a Coastal Flood Warning for the Borough of Stone Harbor. The Storm Warning is in effect until Tuesday at 6:00pm, while the Flood Warning is in effect Monday from 11pm until 7am on Tuesday. A winter storm that is expected to cripple the Mid Atlantic and New England regions is expected to bring mixed precipitation including the potential for between six to ten inches of snow for our area, along with some coastal flooding at time of high tide early Tuesday morning.
The current forecast calls for rain throughout the day on Monday, changing to rain and snow this evening before a complete changeover to snow early Tuesday morning. Overnight snowfall totals will be between two to four inches. Windy conditions will prevail overnight and Tuesday morning which could result in scattered power outages throughout southern New Jersey. Tuesday morning will include blowing snow, areas of light freezing spray, before the event ends as snow Tuesday afternoon.
There is a high tide of concern during this event. High tide at the Townsend’s Inlet Bridge between Avalon and Sea Isle City occurs early Tuesday at 1:24am. There is the potential for coastal flooding in flood prone areas during this evening, including along portions of Ocean Drive. If you live on a street that typically experiences some flooding during Flood Warnings, consider moving your vehicle off the street to higher ground. It will be difficult to see the flooding especially if the precipitation changes over to a snow event during high tide.
If you have any emergency, please dial 911. If you experience a power outage, contact Atlantic City Electric directly at 1-800-898-8042. You can also find an outage map online at www.atlanticcityelectric.com. Please exercise caution while driving, especially Monday night through the day on Tuesday. Please continue to follow forecasts on traditional media outlets, including on ShoreTV Channel 97.
Here is the text of the Winter Storm Warning, and the Coastal Flood Warning, from the National Weather Service:
Winter Storm Warning remains in effect from noon today to 6 PM
* hazard types… heavy snow with blowing and drifting.
* Snow accumulations… 12 to 16 inches.
* Timing… light snow will affect the morning commute. Snow will
become heavy at times late this afternoon through Tuesday
morning when snowfall rates of a couple of inches per hour can
occur at times… then taper off during Tuesday afternoon.
* Impacts… some impact on the Monday morning commute… then
significant and widespread impacts thereafter. Areas of
blowing and drifting snow will add to the hazardous conditions.
* Winds… north 10 to 20 mph with gusts up to 35 mph.
* Temperatures… in the upper 20s.
* Visibilities… one quarter mile or less at times.
A Winter Storm Warning means significant amounts of snow is
expected… and strong winds are possible. This will make travel
very hazardous or impossible at times.
Coastal Flood Warning in effect from 11 PM this evening to
7 am EST Tuesday…
The National Weather Service in Mount Holly has issued a coastal
Flood Warning… which is in effect from 11 PM this evening to
7 am EST Tuesday. The coastal Flood Watch is no longer in effect.
* Location… coastal areas of New Jersey and Delaware…
including Delaware Bay.
* Coastal flooding… moderate flooding is anticipated around the
time of Monday night’s high tide.
* At Atlantic City… New Jersey (oceanfront) high tide occurs
at 1250 am Tuesday… with a forecast tide level near 7.0 feet
above mean lower low water.
* At Cape May… New Jersey (oceanfront) high tide occurs at 124
am Tuesday… with a forecast tide level 7.5 to 8.0 feet above
mean lower low water.
* High tide on the back bays… along Delaware Bay and along
Raritan Bay occurs later than the high tide on the oceanfront.
* Impacts… numerous roadways will flood and minor to moderate
property damage is likely. The Tides and wave action will
result in moderate to severe beach erosion.
A coastal Flood Warning indicates that moderate or major tidal
flooding is imminent or occurring. Be prepared for rising water
levels and take appropriate action to protect life and property.
Follow the recommendations of local emergency management
Do not drive your vehicle through flood waters. The water may be
deeper than you think. You will be putting yourself in danger and
your vehicle may be damaged… leading to costly repairs.
For a list of the impact of different tide heights in your
County… please go to www.Erh.NOAA.Gov/phi/tides.Htm (all in