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Coastal Storm to Bring Rain, Snow, Wind to Shore Area Monday-Wednesday

Maximum wind gusts Tuesday from an oncoming coastal storm. (Credit: NWS)

Maximum wind gusts Tuesday from an oncoming coastal storm. (Credit: NWS)

Forecasters are calling for a coastal storm to move through the Shore area between Monday and Wednesday morning, bringing with it very high winds, coastal flooding, rain and up to 2 inches of snow.

According to the National Weather Service, rain will begin to fall by about 5 a.m. Monday, continuing at a relatively steady pace throughout the day, resulting in about a half-inch of precipitation falling. East winds will move 10-15 m.p.h.

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On Monday night, the storm will ramp up in intensity, first with rain, but then changing to snow late at night. The NWS expects between 1 and 2 inches of snow to accumulate,though the nighttime low will stay slightly above freezing, limiting issues on roadways.

Rain and snow will continue Tuesday morning and afternoon, becoming all rain after 2 p.m., the NWS said. A 39 degree high temperature will be coupled with with a sustained west wind 15 to 20 m.p.h., with gusts as high as 40 m.p.h. Little or no snow accumulation is expected during the daytime hours on Tuesday.

The foul weather will continue into Tuesday night. There will be a chance of rain before 8 p.m., then a chance of rain and snow between 8 p.m. and 2 a.m. Wednesday, then a final small area of snow after 2 a.m. It will otherwise be cloudy, with a low around 33 degrees. It will remain breezy overnight, with a west wind 20 to 25 m.p.h., with gusts as high as 40 m.p.h. About a half-inch of snow could accumulate during the overnight period.

Skies will quickly clear Wednesday morning, however, with the National Weather Service forecasting mostly sunny skies and a high of 44 degrees. It will continue to be windy.

The NWS said minor coastal flooding could be possible during the storm, however no major issues are expected.

Offshore, a Small Craft Advisory is in effect for Atlantic Ocean coastal waters due to seas of 5-8 feet. Gale conditions are possible offshore Tuesday, with seas running 7-9 feet and winds of 40-50 knots.

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