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 expected weather impacts:

    • 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.
Total rainfall forecast for Monday through Wednesday (National Weather Service / Weather Prediction Center)
Minor flooding in Stone Harbor on Monday morning (@Zeke_O via Twitter)

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, 2 to 4 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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