The view from coastal southern Ocean County as the March 7, 2018 nor’easter approaches the Jersey Shore that Wednesday morning.
Monmouth and Ocean counties are now expected to see 2 to 3 inches of snow overnight Monday into Tuesday, according to the latest update Saturday evening from the National Weather Service in Mount Holly.
However, there is still enough uncertainty about the track of the storm that forecasters warn the region could get as much as 6 inches of snow if the system hugs close to the Jersey Shore rather than move in an easterly trajectory out to sea.
Moreover, if the storm does the opposite and tracks out to sea, the Shore would see no snow at all says the weather service.
So in other words, at this point in time, it all remains an educated guessing game.
The storm is expected to move off the coast of the Carolinas and redevelop, then either move out to sea or track up the Atlantic coast.
If the storm tracks northeast, coastal New Jersey could get 4 to 6 inches of snow overnight Sunday, with more snow expected inland, said meteorologist Lane Franck.
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The storm – even if it strengthens and reaches New Jersey – isn’t expected to be as strong as the March 7 or March 2 nor’easters. Wind gusts may get up to 40 mph, and there could be minor coastal and bay flooding.
If the nor’easter sticks around the northeast, rain could mix in with snow, especially on Monday.
“We’re getting to the time of the year where the sun angle is higher, and we’re getting into astronomical spring,” Franck said.
This is a breaking news story. Check back for updates.
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