The NJOEM has received the following weather briefing from the NWS Mt. Holly Forecast Office. We are asking you to take the following actions:
1. Please share widely, also communicate this information to those who are not engaged with social media.
2. Check on elderly or disabled relatives and friends, or those who are isolated, during this time period.
3. Continue to monitor forecasts.
4. Please note new information regarding coastal flooding and subsequent freezing on roadways in coastal areas.
A winter storm and cold wave will affect the region on Thursday into Thursday night and Friday morning, bringing the potential for significant snowfall and coastal flooding. Cold air will pour into the region Thursday night, continuing into Friday and Friday night, bringing the threat of blowing snow and dangerously cold wind chills.
The briefing package is available at http://www.erh.noaa.gov/phi/briefing/packages/current_briefing.pdf
The executive summary from the briefing package is included below.
A coastal storm is expected to impact the region from Thursday, January 2nd into Friday, January 3rd. Bitter cold air will sweep into the region on Thursday night and continue through Friday, January 3rd, with near-record low temperatures expected Saturday morning, January 4th.
The storm has the potential to produce 6+ inches of snow, with those higher amounts most likely in the Poconos, Lehigh Valley, suburbs north & west of Philadelphia & northern & central NJ. Strong northwest winds will develop on Thursday night, continuing into Friday, resulting in considerable blowing snow. Travel will become very difficult Thursday night.
Temperatures will drop rapidly Thursday night into Friday. Subzero wind chills are likely late Thursday night into Friday across the area. Low temperatures Saturday morning will be mainly in the single digits, with subzero temperatures in the Poconos & northern NJ.
Moderate coastal flooding is possible with the Friday morning high tide along the Atlantic Coast, the Raritan Bay & Delaware Bay. The highest risk of moderate coastal flooding is in the Raritan Bay, and the Atlantic Coasts of Monmouth & Ocean counties. Very cold temperature will cause icing problems due to blowing spray along coastal sections. Roadways that flood due to the coastal flooding will ice over.
Monitor the NWS website for updated information – http://www.erh.noaa.gov/phi/