A nor'easter is expected to dump heavy rainfall, and bring 50-mph wind gusts and moderate flooding to the Manasquan and Belmar area as the communities brace for possibly the worst storm since Superstorm Sandy.
The National Weather Service has issued a wind advisory until 10 a.m. Wednesday, and has urged motorists and homeowners to exercise caution.
The storm is not expected to be on the same level of the hurricane-like disaster that destroyed much of the Jersey Shore and South Jersey last year. But the nor'easter is expected to impact the area beginning Tuesday night into Wednesday.Heavy rainfall is expected with rainfall amounts of two to four inches possible. Rain from this system is expected to be spread over a 12 to 18 hour period, so river flooding is not expected, but ocean flooding is possible, according to the Manchester, Gloucester and other police departments.
However, roadway and poor draining flooding is likely, and significant rises can be expected on quicker responding streams, with minor flooding still a possibility on a few on them.
There is a threat of icing (freezing rain) from this storm in the southern Poconos, mainly Tuesday afternoon/evening before warmer air fully moves in. Amounts would likely be around a tenth of an inch or less.
Some snow is possible with this storm, especially in the higher elevations of eastern Pennsylvania and northwestern New Jersey. Snowfall totals are expected to be under 2 inches.
Minor coastal flooding is still possible with this storm. This includes the Delaware Bay / River and the Chesapeake Bay. The high tides to watch are the ones on Wednesday.
The timing of this storm will impact Thanksgiving holiday travel. Travel conditions will deteriorate Tuesday afternoon as strong onshore winds and rain move into the region. These conditions will persist into daytime Wednesday, improving later Wednesday night.
In the event of a power outage call your local power company, such as JCP&L at 1-800-LIGHTSS (1-800-544-4877).
Please monitor media outlets for storm updates.