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Wind Could Gust to 60MPH Saturday Night, But Snow Totals Will Be Minimal

Predicted snowfall totals by Sunday afternoon. (Credit: NWS) Click to expand.

Predicted snowfall totals by Sunday afternoon. (Credit: NWS) Click to expand.

A blustery winter storm will bring high winds to the Jersey Shore Saturday night into Sunday, but snow totals are expected to be relatively minimal, forecasters say.

The National Weather Service has issued a high wind watch and a winter weather advisory for the Shore area. The high wind watch will be in effect from 10 p.m. Saturday to 2 p.m. Sunday, and the winter weather advisory will be in effect from 1 p.m. Saturday to 7 a.m. Sunday.

The silver lining: the high temperature Saturday will rebound to 37 degrees after failing to get out of the low 20s Friday. But the cold will return Sunday with a high of 20 degrees and an overnight low of 3 degrees.

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As for the snow threat, precipitation is expected to move into the Ocean County area after 4 p.m. Saturday as winds begin gusting to 28 m.p.h., the National Weather Service said. On Saturday night, between one and three inches of snow is forecast to fall, with winds gusting to between 50 and 60 m.p.h., leading to a wind chill of -3 degrees.

On Sunday, the Shore will experience areas of blowing snow and a chance of snow showers before 10 a.m., then areas of blowing snow and a slight chance of snow showers afterward. Sunday will be cloudy to start, but gradually become mostly sunny with a high near 20, according to the NWS forecast. Wind chill values will be as low as -8. Northwest winds will blow from 33 to 38 m.p.h., with gusts as high as 60 m.p.h. New snow accumulation on Sunday of less than a half inch is possible.

Monday will be sunny, though the high winds will continue with a high of 20.

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