The National Weather Service has issued a Coastal Flood Warning, a Winter Weather Advisory, and a High Wind Warning on Monday, March 13th in advance of the approaching nor’easter winter storm. The storm is expected to bring moderate coastal flooding and wind gusts of 60mph to our region late Monday night through Tuesday, along with a mixture of rain and snow.
The storm will produce significant snowfall about 30 miles north and west of us and further, with a foot of snow possible north of the Interstate 95 corridor.
The snow and rain mixture is expected to move into our area this evening and continue through most of the day on Tuesday, with additional snow and rain showers possible on Wednesday. It is unlikely that we will experience a large accumulating snowfall, but some accumulation is possible at times during the storm which could make driving hazardous. The snow may be accompanied by strong winds which will reduce visibility. Now is a good time to secure any outdoor objects that may be subject to strong winds, including patio furniture and trash cans. Contractors are asked to secure their work sites before the storm arrives.
Moderate coastal flooding is expected at time of high tide on Tuesday morning. It may occur for several hours around the time of high tide. Please exercise caution while driving during high tide and during this storm event. Never attempt to drive on any flooded street or through a flooded intersection as this puts you and your vehicle at risk and creates an unnecessary wake that can damage property. If you live in an area that typically floods during storm events, consider moving your vehicle to another part of the island in advance of high tide.
High tide at the Townsend’s Inlet Bridge between Avalon and Sea Isle City will occur Monday at 9:49pm; Tuesday at 10:03am and again at 10:27pm; and Wednesday at 10:41am and 11:05pm. During this storm event, local police may close the bridge due to unsafe conditions from wave over wash.
Continue to monitor traditional media outlets for updates on this storm. We remain in contact with the Cape May County Office of Emergency Management for updates on this storm and how it will impact our region.
Here is the text of the Coastal Flood Warning, the Winter Weather Advisory, and the High Wind Warning from the National Weather Service:
Winter Weather Advisory
Issued: 5:01 AM EDT Mar. 13, 2017 – National Weather Service
… Winter Weather Advisory remains in effect from 8 PM this
evening to 6 PM EDT Tuesday…
* locations… portions of southeast New Jersey.
* Hazard types… snow.
* Accumulations… snow accumulation of 2 to 4 inches.
* Timing… snow begins Monday evening, becoming moderate at
times late Monday night through midday Tuesday. Snow will
diminish by late Tuesday evening.
* Impacts… the snow will lead to slippery roads. Strong winds
will lead to blowing snow, reduced visibility, and power
* Winds… northeast 25 to 35 mph with gusts up to 50 mph.
* Temperatures… from the upper 20s to mid 30s.
* Visibilities… one half mile or less at times.
A Winter Weather Advisory means that periods of snow… sleet… or
freezing rain will cause travel difficulties. Be prepared for
slippery roads and limited visibilities… and use caution while
Report snow and ice accumulation to the National Weather Service
by calling our trained spotter line… posting to the NWS Mount
Holly facebook Page… or using twitter.
Snowfall and ice accumulation forecast maps in addition to
experimental probabilistic snowfall information for the latest
event are available online at www.Weather.Gov/phi/winter
Coastal Flood Warning
Issued: 4:03 AM EDT Mar. 13, 2017 – National Weather Service
… Coastal Flood Warning in effect from 7 am to 3 PM EDT
The National Weather Service in Mount Holly has issued a coastal
Flood Warning, which is in effect from 7 am to 3 PM EDT Tuesday.
The coastal Flood Watch is no longer in effect.
* Location… coastal areas of New Jersey and Delaware… including
lower Delaware Bay.
* Coastal flooding… moderate flooding is expected with the
Tuesday morning high tide.
* Timing… flooding is anticipated to occur for several hours
around the time of high tide. High tide on the New Jersey and
Delaware oceanfront occurs between 9:15 and 10:15 am Tuesday.
High tide on the back bays, along Delaware Bay and along
Raritan Bay occurs later than the high tide on the oceanfront.
* Surge… around 2 to 3 feet above the astronomical tide.
* Waves… 1 foot or less.
* Impacts… numerous roadways are expected to flood with many
roads becoming impassable. Minor to moderate property damage
is possible. Wave action is forecast to result in significant
A coastal Flood Warning means that flooding is occurring or
imminent. Coastal residents in the warned area should be alert
for rising water… and take appropriate action to protect life
Do not drive your vehicle through flood waters. The water may be
deeper than you think it is. You will be putting yourself in
danger and your vehicle may be damaged… leading to costly
For a list of the impact of different tide heights in your
County please visit www.Weather.Gov/phi/tides
Forecast time of predicted
location high Tide Water level
Sandy Hook 9:51 am Tue 7.5 to 8.0 feet MLLW
(sandy hook bay)
Seaside Heights 9:21 am Tue near 7.0 feet MLLW
Atlantic City 9:30 am Tue near 7.0 feet MLLW
Cape May 10:04 am Tue 7.5 to 8.0 feet MLLW
Lewes 10:44 am Tue near 7.0 feet MLLW
Rehoboth Beach 9:49 am Tue near 7.0 feet MLLW
High tide on the back bays, along Delaware Bay and along Raritan
Bay occurs later than the high tide on the oceanfront.
High Wind Warning
Issued: 4:06 AM EDT Mar. 13, 2017 – National Weather Service
… High Wind Warning in effect from 6 am to 6 PM EDT Tuesday…
The National Weather Service in Mount Holly has issued a High
Wind Warning, which is in effect from 6 am to 6 PM EDT Tuesday.
The high wind watch is no longer in effect.
* Locations… coastal southern New Jersey.
* Winds… north 20 to 30 mph with gusts up to 50 mph.
* Timing… winds will increase early Tuesday morning and peak
between mid morning and early afternoon, before diminishing
late Tuesday afternoon.
* Impacts… strong winds may blow down limbs, trees, and power
lines. Scattered power outages are expected.
A High Wind Warning means a hazardous high wind event is expected
or occurring. Sustained wind speeds of at least 40 mph or gusts
of 58 mph or more can lead to property damage.