BREAKING NEWS

Fri. January 6th, 10:58am: Winter Storm Warning for Stone Harbor Saturday, Jan. 7th

2017-01-06 10:56:03 swahl

The National Weather Service has posted a Winter Storm Warning for the Borough of Stone Harbor for Saturday, January 7th. The Warning is in effect from Saturday at 1am-6pm. There is the potential for four to eight inches of snow to fall during this storm event which will make driving difficult at times.

A small system pushed over our region on Friday bringing only a dusting of snow. This next storm event is a coastal storm that will have high impacts on the Carolinas and other states. The leading edge of the storm is expected to come close enough to the Jersey Shore to bring accumulating snow to our region. The coastal communities in Cape May County are expected to feel the largest impact of this winter storm, in New Jersey.

Snow is expected to begin early Saturday morning and be at its heaviest during Saturday morning and early Saturday afternoon. Hazardous travel conditions are likely on Saturday. There is the potential for power outages in coastal communities due to the strongest winds from the storm being along the coast at approximately 35mph.

If the storm comes closer than expected, more snowfall is possible; if the storm stays further south, less snowfall is possible. There is confidence from the National Weather Service that the storm will be close enough to our area to produce accumulating and plowable snow.

Exercise caution while driving. If you have any power outage during the storm, report it to Atlantic City Electric at 1-800-833-7476. If you have any emergency, please dial 911.

Here is the text of the Winter Storm Warning from the National Weather Service:

Winter Storm Warning in effect from 1 am to 6 PM EST
Saturday…

The National Weather Service in Mount Holly has issued a Winter
Storm Warning for heavy snow… which is in effect from 1 am to 6
PM EST Saturday. The Winter Storm Watch is no longer in effect.

* Location… southeastern New Jersey and southern Delaware.

* Hazard type… snow.

* Accumulations… snow accumulation of 4 to 8 inches. Locally
higher amounts to 10 inches possible near the Delaware beaches.

* Timing… snow will overspread the area from the south late
tonight and become heavy at times Saturday morning and early
afternoon. The snow will taper off during the mid to late
afternoon.

* Impacts… hazardous travel can be expected on Saturday with
snow-covered roads and poor visibility. Scattered power outages
are possible, particularly along the coast, where the snowfall
and winds will be highest.

* Temperatures… in the 20s.

* Winds… northerly winds 10 to 15 mph late tonight, increasing to
20 to 25 mph with gusts around 35 mph along the coast Saturday.

* Visibility… one-half mile at times in heavier snow.

Precautionary/preparedness actions…

A Winter Storm Warning means significant amounts of snow are
expected. Strong winds are also possible along the immediate
coast. This will make travel very hazardous.

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

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Thurs, Jan. 5th, 8:19pm: Winter Storm Watch For Stone Harbor For Saturday, January 7th

2017-01-05 20:19:50 swahl

The National Weather Service has issued a Winter Storm Watch for Stone Harbor and surrounding communities for Saturday, January 7th, from 1:00am until 6:00pm. This Winter Storm Watch is in addition to the Winter Weather Advisory currently in effect for our region for overnight Thursday into Friday.

The Winter Storm Watch in effect for Saturday calls for the potential for five or more inches of snow for Cape May County throughout the day on Saturday. A winter storm that will be impacting North Carolina and Virginia is currently forecasted to be closer to southern New Jersey on Saturday than originally predicted. It will be cold enough throughout the weekend for any precipitation that we receive to be all snow and likely not mixing with any rain.

Overnight Thursday into Friday morning, one to three inches of snow is possible along the southern New Jersey coastline. This is not expected to be a significant storm event but could make overnight driving and the early morning commute slippery. Exercise caution while driving. Road crews have been working throughout the evening in the County to treat County roads in advance of the overnight snow. Snow should end before 6:00am.

The more significant weather event is possible on Saturday. The National Weather Service is clear saying that the track of the storm can greatly impact the amount of snow forecast for our area. A track further to the south will lessen the impact; a track further to the north may produce more snow. This forecast is certainly subject to change as the storm approaches. If the storm produces the anticipated snowfall, it will likely start late Friday night or early Saturday morning, potentially heavy at times.

Please make your travel plans accordingly and pay attention to traditional media outlets, and this website, for updates on the storm. If you have any emergency during winter weather events, please call 911.

Here is the text of the Winter Storm Watch posted by the National Weather Service for Saturday, January 7th:

…WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY REMAINS IN EFFECT FROM 8 PM THIS
EVENING TO 6 AM EST FRIDAY…
…WINTER STORM WATCH REMAINS IN EFFECT FROM LATE FRIDAY NIGHT
THROUGH SATURDAY AFTERNOON…

* LOCATIONS…FAR SOUTHEASTERN NEW JERSEY.

* HAZARD TYPES…SNOW

* SNOW ACCUMULATIONS…1 TO 3 INCHES TONIGHT. POTENTIAL FOR 5 OR
MORE INCHES LATE FRIDAY NIGHT AND SATURDAY. THERE IS SOME
UNCERTAINTY IN THE TRACK OF THE WEEKEND STORM SYSTEM, WHICH
WILL AFFECT SNOWFALL AMOUNTS.

* TIMING…SNOW WILL OVERSPREAD THE AREA FROM WEST TO EAST
BETWEEN 8 PM AND 11 PM THIS EVENING. THE SNOW BECOMES STEADY
AND MODERATE AT TIMES LATE THIS EVENING AND OVERNIGHT…THEN
QUICKLY END FROM WEST TO EAST BETWEEN 3 AM AND 6 AM EARLY
FRIDAY MORNING. SNOW FROM THE NEXT STORM SYSTEM WILL
OVERSPREAD THE AREA EITHER LATE FRIDAY NIGHT OR SATURDAY
MORNING. THE SNOW COULD BECOME HEAVY AT TIMES ON SATURDAY
BEFORE TAPERING OFF AROUND SUNSET.

* IMPACTS…EXPECT HAZARDOUS TRAVEL TONIGHT WITH ROADS BECOMING
SNOW COVERED. UNTREATED ROADS AND SIDEWALKS MAY STILL BE
SLIPPERY HEADING INTO THE FRIDAY MORNING COMMUTE EVEN AFTER THE
SNOW ENDS. THERE IS A POTENTIAL FOR HAZARDOUS TRAVEL AGAIN ON
SATURDAY WITH SNOW-COVERED ROADS AND POOR VISIBILITY.

* TEMPERATURES…UPPER 20`S AND LOW 30`S TONIGHT. HIGHS IN THE
MID 20S ON SATURDAY.

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS…

A WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY FOR SNOW MEANS THAT PERIODS OF SNOW
WILL CAUSE PRIMARILY TRAVEL DIFFICULTIES. BE PREPARED FOR SNOW
COVERED ROADS AND LIMITED VISIBILITIES…AND USE CAUTION WHILE
DRIVING.

A WINTER STORM WATCH MEANS THERE IS A POTENTIAL FOR SIGNIFICANT
SNOW ACCUMULATIONS THAT MAY IMPACT TRAVEL. CONTINUE TO MONITOR
THE LATEST FORECASTS.

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Thurs, January 5th: Winter Weather Advisory for Stone Harbor From NWS

2017-01-05 15:33:41 swahl

The National Weather Service has posted a Winter Weather Advisory for Stone Harbor and all of Cape May County. The Advisory is in effect from Thursday, January 5th, 2017 from 8:00pm until Friday, January 6th at 6:00am. The Advisory calls for the potential of between one to three inches of snow for our region.

Snow is expected to begin sometime after 8:00pm and spread over our region during the overnight hours. At times, the snowfall could be steady, and moderate in intensity. Snow is expected to end by daybreak on Friday.

If you have any travel plans during the overnight hours, exercise caution. Be aware that some roads may be slippery for the morning commute. If you have any emergency, please dial 911. There is also the potential for some light snow at times on Saturday as well. Continue to follow traditional media outlets for updates on the forecast.

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Fri, Sept. 30th, 7:09am: Flash Flood Watch, Coastal Flood Advisory for Stone Harbor

2016-09-30 07:08:51 swahl

Flash Flood Watch

The National Weather Service has issued a Coastal Flood Advisory and a Flash Flood Watch for Stone Harbor for Friday, September 30th. The Advisory is in effect until 12 Noon while the Watch is in effect through the afternoon hours.

A persistent low pressure system continued to bring strong winds and periods of rain to our community during the overnight hours. Some occasional rain is expected to continue through the morning and possibly into the afternoon hours. Windy conditions will persist. There is the potential for periods of heavy rain over the next several hours. There is also the possibility for minor coastal flooding at time of high tide this morning. High tide will occur at the Townsend’s Inlet Bridge Friday morning at 8:53am and again this evening at 9:06pm.

Never attempt to drive on any flooded street as this puts you and your vehicle at risk. It is likely the road leading to the Townsend’s Inlet Bridge will be closed this morning due to waves coming onto the roadway.

Here is the text of this morning’s weather alert from the National Weather Service:

Flash Flood Watch, Coastal Flood Advisory, Coastal Hazard Statement
Issued: 3:49 AM EDT Sep. 30, 2016 – National Weather Service

… Flash Flood Watch remains in effect through this afternoon…

The Flash Flood Watch continues for

* portions of Delaware… northeast Maryland… southern New
Jersey and southeast Pennsylvania… including the following
areas… in Delaware… Delaware beaches… inland Sussex… Kent
and New Castle. In northeast Maryland… Caroline… Cecil…
Kent MD… Queen Annes and Talbot. In southern New Jersey…
Atlantic… Atlantic coastal Cape May… Camden… Cape May…
coastal Atlantic… coastal ocean… Cumberland… Gloucester…
northwestern Burlington… ocean… Salem and southeastern
Burlington. In southeast Pennsylvania… Delaware and
Philadelphia.

* Through this afternoon

* heavy rainfall will continue to affect the area through today.
Widespread 3 to 6 inches inches has fallen across portions of
the Delmarva and southern New Jersey over the last two days,
with higher amounts of 10-12 inches across far southern
Delaware. Additional periods of moderate to heavy rainfall today
will lead to more flooding and exacerbate existing flooding.

Precautionary/preparedness actions…

A Flash Flood Watch means that conditions may develop that lead
to flash flooding. Flash flooding is a very dangerous situation.

You should monitor later forecasts and be prepared to take action
should flash flood warnings be issued.

A coastal Flood Advisory means that minor tidal flooding is
expected. Minor tidal flooding often results in some Road
closures. Usually… the most vulnerable roadways will flood.

Do not leave your vehicle at a location that is prone to tidal
flooding. 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 repairs.

For a list of the impact of different tide heights in your
County please go to www.Weather.Gov/phi/tides

There is a high risk of rip currents. A high risk of rip currents
implies that wind and/or wave conditions will support the
development of very strong rip currents. These rip currents will
be life threatening to anyone who enters the surf.

Rip currents are powerful channels of water flowing quickly away
from shore… which occur most often at low spots or breaks in The
Sandbar and in the vicinity of structures such as groins…
jetties and piers. Heed the advice of lifeguards… beach patrol
flags and signs.

If you become caught in a rip current… Yell for help. Remain
calm… do not exhaust yourself and stay afloat while waiting for
help. If you have to swim out of a rip current… swim parallel to
shore and back toward the beach when possible. Do not attempt to
swim directly against a rip current as you will tire quickly.

For a list of the impact of different tide heights in your County
please visit www.Weather.Gov/phi/tides

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Thurs, Sept. 29th, 11:33am: Coastal Flood Warning Posted by National Weather Service

2016-09-29 11:32:31 swahl

Flooding

The National Weather Service has posted a Coastal Flood Warning for the Borough of Stone Harbor for Thursday, September 29th at 6:00pm until Friday, September 30th at 1:00am.  Moderate coastal flooding is expected at time of high tide which will occur in Townsend’s Inlet at 8:28pm.  A persistent northeasterly flow has kept water from the Thursday morning high tide in the back bays.  This evening’s high tide is expected to produce an additional half foot to foot of tidal inundation flooding.  Please be advised that some local streets that typically receive water during coastal flooding events may have water this evening.  Do not attempt to drive on any flooded street or through any flooded intersection as this puts you and your vehicle at risk while also creating an unnecessary wake that can damage property and other vehicles.

The low pressure system that is causing the northeasterly winds and rain, heavy at times, is expected to linger near the East Coast for at least 24 hours.  There may be strong gusty winds, periods of heavy rainfall, or a thunderstorm at any time.  It is possible additional flood advisories may come from the National Weather Service.  High tide at the Townsend’s Inlet Bridge will occur on Friday at 8:53am and 9:06pm, and on Saturday at 9:29am and 9:42pm.

Here is the text of the Coastal Flood Warning provided by the National Weather Service:

Coastal Flood Warning, Coastal Flood Advisory, Coastal Hazard Statement
Issued: 10:27 AM EDT Sep. 29, 2016 – National Weather Service
... Coastal Flood Advisory now in effect until 3 PM EDT this
afternoon... 
... High rip current risk now in effect through late tonight... 
... Coastal Flood Warning in effect from 6 PM this evening to 1 am
EDT Friday... 

The National Weather Service in Mount Holly has issued a coastal
Flood Warning... which is in effect from 6 PM this evening to 1 am
EDT Friday.

* Location... the central and southern New Jersey shore and
  Delaware beaches.

* Coastal flooding... minor coastal flooding was occuring this
  morning along the central and southern New Jersey coasts and the
  Delaware coast. Tidal inundation flooding will occur again
  tonight and probably be half a foot to a foot deeper than what
  occurred this morning. This has prompted the upgrade of this
  evenings advisory to a warning for moderate coastal flooding
  with this evenings high tide cycle. Easterly winds will whip
  waves of 5 to 9 feet onto the shore as well.

* Risk of rip currents... there is a high risk of dangerous rip
  currents through tonight.

* Timing... the oceanfront coastal flooding is expected with the 
  high tides which between 7 and 9 am and 7 and 9 PM. High tide 
  on the Bay Side may occur up to 3 hours later. The high risk 
  of rip currents will continue through this evening.

* Impacts... roadway flooding is expected near both high tides.

* Surge... tides will be around 2 to 2.5 feet above astronomical
  tides. Heavy rain at the time of high tides could exacerbate
  coastal flooding... leading to total water levels even higher.

* Waves... 5 to 9 feet.

* Outlook... at least minor tidal inundation flooding is
  anticipated with the Friday morning high tide cycle... and
  possibly again Friday evening.

Precautionary/preparedness actions... 

There is a high risk of rip currents. A high risk of rip currents
implies that wind and/or wave conditions will support the
development of very strong rip currents. These rip currents will
be life threatening to anyone who enters the surf.

Rip currents are powerful channels of water flowing quickly away
from shore... which occur most often at low spots or breaks in The
Sandbar and in the vicinity of structures such as groins... 
jetties and piers. Heed the advice of lifeguards... beach patrol
flags and signs.

If you become caught in a rip current... Yell for help. Remain
calm... do not exhaust yourself and stay afloat while waiting for
help. If you have to swim out of a rip current... swim parallel to
shore and back toward the beach when possible. Do not attempt to
swim directly against a rip current as you will tire quickly.

A coastal Flood Advisory means that minor tidal flooding is
expected. Minor tidal flooding often results in some Road
closures. Usually... the most vulnerable roadways will flood.

Do not leave your vehicle at a location that is prone to tidal
flooding. 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 repairs.
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