National Weather Service issues coastal flood watch

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The National Weather Service’s Mount Holly Forecast Office issued a coastal flood watch at 3:30 p.m. Monday, March 4 for minor to moderate coastal flooding to occur March 6-7 in South Jersey.

The high tide at Atlantic City will occur at 2:45 p.m. Wednesday, March 6 and at 3:20 a.m. Thursday, March 7, the Weather Service said.

Each tide has a forecast tide level of 7 feet above mean lower low water. Seas will be between 7-15 feet.

At 7 feet MLLW flooding will occur in Pleasantville on Longport Boulevard between Somers Point and Longport; Route 559 in Somers Point, between 11th Street and 24th Street in Longport, the north end of Brigantine; along Absecon Creek in Absecon, Bay Avenue in Somers Point, the White Horse Pike, and the Black Horse Pike, according to the National Weather Service.

Residents should expect road closures during the times of high tide. Some beaches and breaches and possible property damage to vulnerable structures could office if moderate tidal flooding levels are reached.

Expect beach erosion, the Weather Service warns.

The flooding is caused by a coastal storm that is expected to form off of the Virginia/North Carolina coast early Wednesday morning. The storm will then move toward the northeast and deliver a combination of windswept rain, 60-mph winds and areas of heavy wet snow. Winds are expected to reach 35-45 mph as far inland as Pennsylvania.

Coastal New Jersey is expected to receive 1-2 inches of snow according to the National Weather Service. However, AccuWeather is calling for 3-6 inches of snow in Cape May County and 1-3 inches of snow in Atlantic County.

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