An oncoming storm is forecast to drop inches of rain in coastal New Jersey before cooler weather moves in from its wake.
New Jersey will be spared from snow on the back-end of the storm, as some of the midwestern states will experience, but will be on the receiving end of heavy rain Monday along with strong winds. According to the National Weather Service, a sunny day Sunday with a high of 54 will give way to clouds and a slight chance of rain after 1 a.m. overnight. South winds will blow 10 to 15 m.p.h.
The bulk of the storm moves in early Monday, the NWS forecast said. The heaviest, steady rain will move through before 1 p.m., but showers and possibly a thunderstorm will remain a threat during the mid to late afternoon hours. The high will be near 62 degrees. Forecasters are currently predicting about 1.25 inches of rain in Ocean County, with winds gusting to more than 40 m.p.h. In some areas, rainfall totals could be closer to 2 inches due to thunderstorms.
The storm will move northeast, out of the area, Monday night and sunny skies will return Tuesday with a high of 51 degrees. High temperatures will hover between the high 40s and 50 degrees during the remainder of the week, the forecast stated.