Happy New Year’s South Jersey: Snow, coastal flooding, near record cold

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It might not be much of a festive New Year’s Day celebration this year in South Jersey because the National Weather Service is forecasting snow, coastal flooding and near record cold beginning Thursday./NWS It might not be much of a festive New Year’s Day celebration this year in South Jersey because the National Weather Service is forecasting snow, coastal flooding and near record cold beginning Thursday./NWS

It might not be much of a festive New Year’s Day celebration this year in South Jersey because the National Weather Service is forecasting snow, coastal flooding and near record cold beginning Thursday.

South Jersey coastal storm: snow

A coastal storm is expected to impact South Jersey and the Middle Atlantic States on Thursday, Jan. 2 to Friday, Jan. 3, according to the National Weather Service Mount Holly Forecast Center. The coastal low will “bomb out” and send some snow to South Jersey and drop large amounts of snow on New England.

“The storm has the potential to produce four-plus inches of snow (in South Jersey),” said Gary Szatkowski, a meteorologist with the Mount Holly Forecast Center. “Strong northwest winds will develop on Friday, resulting in considerable blowing snow.”

All of South Jersey is forecast to receive 2-4 inches of snow, he said. Earlier models have had a hard time nailing down snow totals for this storm. Earlier forecasts ranged from 6-10 inches of snow with this storm. Areas to the north and west of I-95 will receive more snow.

South Jersey near record lows

“Temperatures will drop rapidly Thursday night into Friday,” he said. “Subzero wind chills are likely late Thursday night into Friday north and west of the I-95 corridor with single digit wind chills elsewhere. Low temperatures Saturday morning will be mainly in the single digits, with subzero temperatures in the Poconos and northern New Jersey.”

Friday’s high temperatures will range at about 20 degrees across South Jersey. Saturday morning’s lows will range between 0 and 4 degrees with below-zero wind chills, according to National Weather Service forecasts.

South Jersey coastal flooding

“Moderate coastal flooding is possible with the Friday morning high tide along the Atlantic Coast, the Raritan Bay and Delaware Bay,” Szatkowski said. “The highest risk of moderate coastal flooding is in the Raritan Bay, and the Atlantic Coasts of Monmouth and Ocean counties.”

Very cold temperatures will cause icing problems because of blowing spray along coastal sections, he said. Any roadways that flood will ice over.

 


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