Putting a damper on some plans for an early Thanksgiving getaway, significant rainfall and strong winds will affect New Jersey Tuesday into Wednesday. The storm brings with it the threat of minor coastal flooding, overflowing streams, and ponded roads.

Rain falls on I-195 (Dan Alexander, Townsquare Media NJ)

The state has experienced a long period of below-normal rainfall, but the conditions are changing for the next several hours.

Most of the heavy rain is expected to fall in the overnight hours, with wind gusts up to 50 miles per hour.

"What we're hoping is that the ground can absorb the water that's coming down," said Mary Goepfert with the New Jersey Office of Emergency Management.

Goepfert said drivers should avoid ponded water on the roadways; don't be tempted to take shortcuts or ignore barricades.

"You don't know what that roadway looks like under that water," she said.

As little as six inches of water can cause drivers to lose control of the car or cause stalling.