The National Weather Service has issued a Winter Storm Watch for Stone Harbor from late Sunday night, January 2nd through Monday afternoon, January 3rd. There is the potential for four to six inches of snowfall. Additionally, a Coastal Flood Watch has been issued from late Sunday night through Monday afternoon with widespread minor tidal flooding expected with the potential for moderate tidal flooding. Flooding is also possible Tuesday morning.
There was a significant change to the forecast during the overnight hours into Sunday morning by the National Weather Service. Snow is likely to develop over our region Monday starting around 1:00am and continue until the mid afternoon hours on Monday. Snowfall may obscure tidal flooding in the roadway. Be mindful of areas of our community that receive water in the streets during tidal flooding events and avoid driving on them during this storm event.
High tide will occur at the Townsend’s Inlet Bridge Monday at 8:05am, and again at 8:34pm. The current forecast has an increased chance of tidal flooding during the morning high tide when snow is expected in our area.
Continue to follow updates on this media channel for the impact to our community, and continue to follow traditional media outlets for updates to the forecast.
Here is the text of the Winter Storm Watch and the Coastal Flood Watch issued Sunday morning by the National Weather Service:
Winter Storm Watch
URGENT – WINTER WEATHER MESSAGE
National Weather Service Mount Holly NJ
357 AM EST Sun Jan 2 2022
…WINTER STORM WATCH IN EFFECT FROM LATE TONIGHT THROUGH MONDAY
* WHAT…Heavy snow possible. Total snow accumulations of at least
4 to 6 inches possible. Winds could gust as high as 35 mph.
* WHERE…Portions of southern New Jersey, northeast Maryland
and central and southern Delaware.
* WHEN…From late tonight through Monday afternoon.
* IMPACTS…Travel could be very difficult. Hazardous conditions
including snow-covered roads will likely impact the Monday
morning commute, potentially lingering into the evening commute.
* ADDITIONAL DETAILS…Snowfall rates could exceed one inch per
hour at times Monday morning. Users should closely monitor the
forecast today, as additional changes, potentially significant,
Coastal Flood Watch
Coastal Hazard MessageNational Weather Service Mount Holly NJ517 AM EST Sun Jan 2 2022 …COASTAL FLOOD ADVISORY REMAINS IN EFFECT UNTIL NOON ESTTODAY……COASTAL FLOOD WATCH IN EFFECT FROM LATE TONIGHT THROUGH MONDAYAFTERNOON…
* WHAT…For the Coastal Flood Advisory, up to one foot of inundation above ground level in low-lying areas near shorelines and tidal waterways. For the Coastal Flood Watch, one to two feet of inundation above ground level possible in low-lying areas near shorelines and tidal waterways.
* WHERE…Tidal areas of Atlantic and Cape May Counties in New Jersey.
* WHEN…For the Coastal Flood Advisory, until noon EST today. For the Coastal Flood Watch, from late tonight through Monday afternoon.
* IMPACTS…At this level, widespread roadway flooding occurs in coastal and bayside communities and along inland tidal waterways. Many roads become impassable. Some damage to vulnerable structures may begin to occur.
* ADDITIONAL DETAILS…Widespread minor flooding is expected with this morning`s high tide. Minor to moderate flooding is expected with Monday morning`s high tide. Additional coastal flooding is possible Tuesday morning.