WINTER STORM WARNING ISSUED FOR OCEAN COUNTY
A major coastal storm will impact the entire state Wednesday night into Friday morning. This storm will bring a variety of severe winter weather conditions including snow, sleet, rain, strong winds and coastal flooding. As a result the National Weather Service has issued a Winter Storm Warning for the Ocean County area which will be in effect from 7:00PM Wednesday evening until 1:00PM Thursday afternoon.
Weather forecasters are struggling with determining the exact track and intensity of the storm. Even the slightest change in direction, speed or intensity can have a huge impact on weather conditions. However, based on current forecast, the following weather events are expected in the Ocean County area:
1. Snow should start between midnight and 3am Thursday morning with it continuing through the morning rush. There could be an inch or two of snow accumulation during this time period.
2. The Thursday morning rush will be difficult as most likely roads will be snow covered and icy. Also, moderate snow will greatly reduce visibility.
3. Snow should change over to a wintry mix of snow, sleet and rain during Thursday morning. Also, there is a possibility of the wintry mix changing to just plain rain during Thursday afternoon, before switching back to sleet and snow Thursday evening.
4. Snow and sleet Thursday evening should end as a period of all snow prior to sunrise Friday morning.
5. Winds will increase Wednesday night and by Thursday morning, will be sustained at 20 to 25mph with gust up to 40mph. These strong winds combined with the wintry mix of precipitation will lead to the possibility of power outages.
Again, this is a complicated weather forecast as the exact track and intensity of the storm will determine how much winter weather the Ocean County region will experience. At this time, snowfall estimates are in the range of 2 to 4 inches.
Borough officials will monitor weather forecast over the next day and provide additional weather statements on this coastal storm. Regardless, our communities are fully PREPARED and READY to respond to winter weather. Snow fighting resources are ready to be deployed upon the arrival of winter weather. Also, our Borough has an adequate supply of road salt on hand to address winter road conditions.
We will continue to update you with weather conditions. Stay warm!