It has finally arrived, ladies and gentlemen. The much anticipated coastal storm/Nor'Easter that Dan and I have been following will continue to move through the region into the night tonight. Rainfall will continue to blanket the area through the afternoon, but temperatures will drop through that same time period as we watch cooler air get wrapped around this system and fed into South Jersey. Timing of this event is crucial, because it directly influences how much snow we could get and when we begin to see it. A winter weather advisory is in effect until Saturday morning for anywhere between 1 and 5 inches of snow. The lower cape and much of Cumberland County will likely be along that lower half of the scale, while northern Atlantic County appears to be the "jackpot" for the most snow in the region. A wind advisory is also in place through the night and into Saturday morning for wind gusts at and over 40mph. Lows tonight will drop to near 30 degrees, but with that wind, it will feel much colder.
A coastal flood warning is also in place until 11am Saturday. The biggest area of concern here falls on Saturday morning's high tide (Which runs from about 5 or 6am until 9am). Again, timing will be critical but for a different reason. If winds shift from the northeast (onshore) to the northwest (offshore) quickly enough, we won't have as strong of a flooding situation. If the transition is slower, however, then we may see at least some moderate flooding.
Beyond this fast moving system, we clear out nicely on Saturday but keep the wind. Highs in the mid 30s with gusty west winds will be in order. A warmer, calmer break arrives for Sunday, but a cold front is not too far behind for Monday. Another one day break sets up on Tuesday before we watch another system arrive in the region for Wednesday night. After Monday, temperatures slowly but surely decline, with low to mid 40s arriving by Valentine's Day.
Dan Skeldon will be along later this evening to give you more up to the minute reports on what will be happening on the weather side of things in South Jersey. Until then, stay safe out there, and have a great day!
- Meteorologist Adam Rutt