A coastal storm hitting the Jersey Shore does not bring snow, but rain, high winds, and more storm surge than in some other recent weather systems.
A Coastal Flood Watch is in effect for the entire New Jersey coastline for Monday morning high tide. According to the National Weather Service, up to a foot of flooding above ground level is expected in low-lying areas near shorelines and tidal waterways.
“At this level, flooding begins on the most vulnerable roads in coastal and bay communities, and along inland tidal waterways,” the advisory said. “Some partial or complete road closures are possible.”
Due to the moon phase, there is only one high tide period in the Inner Bay on Monday in some areas of Barnegat Bay. It occurs before noon in most places. Specifically:
- Mantoloking (Bay): 11:41 a.m.
- Park by the sea (bay): 10:53
- Goose Creek/Toms River (Bay): 11:19 a.m.
- Beaver Dam Creek (inside): 10:02
- Kettle Creek: 11:36
- Toms River (near downtown): 11:11 a.m.
- Entrance Manasquan: 7:01 a.m. / 7:33 p.m.
The coastal flood advisory expires after the morning high tide cycle and no flooding impacts are expected thereafter, according to the NWS statement.
Special marine warning including the waters of Manasquan Inlet NJ to Little Egg Inlet NJ from 20 to 40 nm, the coastal waters of Manasquan Inlet to Little Egg Inlet NJ from 20 nm and the waters from Cape May NJ to Fenwick Island DE from 20 to 40 nm until 2:15 a.m. EST pic.twitter.com/iImeJrLDc8
— Mount Holly NWS (@NWS_MountHolly) January 17, 2022
High tide in the Atlantic Ocean will occur at 6:43 a.m. and 7:15 p.m. A marine warning has been issued for waters off Manasquan Inlet to the south, calling for wind gusts of up to 50 knots (57 mph) with seas building from 9 -14 feet. A gale warning will continue through Monday evening, with gusts of up to 40 knots, but winds are expected to gradually decrease overnight. Advisories for small craft are likely Tuesday and Wednesday, the NWS marine statement said.