Northeast winds that increased in speed Sunday night will reach their height, with gusts of 60 m.p.h. or more during the day Monday, as a nor’easter looks to drench the Shore area and bring with it tidal flooding and beach erosion.
The National Weather Service office in Mount Holly said late Sunday night that the storm will linger “through Tuesday with the heaviest rainfall totals – between 2-3 inches – occurring near the coast. All of Ocean County was in a flood watch as well as a high wind warning through Monday night. The good news, forecasters said, is that tidal flooding is forecast primarily to be minor in nature due to the current moon phase.
Beach erosion could prove to be significant. The NWS said in a briefing that strong onshore winds and battering waves will likely cause significant beach erosion, posing issues in the normal areas of concern, including Ortley Beach and the southern portion of Lavallette. Winds will be sustained at about 30 m.p.h. during the storm with gusts to 60 m.p.h. or more.
Fortunately, Shore residents will not have to content with snow in this storm. The high temperature Monday will be 45 degrees, with overnight lows barely dropping to just 42 degrees. The only threat of snow in the region is in the Pocono mountains and extreme northwestern New Jersey, the NWS statement said.
High Tides Monday:
- Seaside Heights (Ocean): 3:43 a.m., 4:07 p.m.
- Lavallette (Bay): 8:30 a.m., 8:54 p.m.
- Mantoloking Bridge (Bay): 8:41 a.m., 9:05 p.m.
- Manasquan Inlet: 4:01 a.m., 4:25 p.m.