More heavy rain on tap for Halloween weekend, winds up to 45 mph expected
With most of the region already saturated from the recent nor’easter, meteorologists are warning residents to get ready for additional heavy rainfall. Accuweather
Another stretch of unsettling weather is on tap this coming holiday weekend, as parts of New Jersey are expected to receive another 3 inches of heavy rainfall with gusts as high as 45 mph — creating the threat for minor flooding just after a powerful nor'easter soaked the state earlier this week.
Multiple warnings and advisories have already been issued ahead of the upcoming storm, according to the National Weather Service.
This includes a wind advisory that has been issued for Atlantic, Cumberland and Cape May counties, beginning Friday at 11 a.m. through 11 p.m., according to the weather service.
Tuesday's nor'easter:Jersey Shore gets soaked with over 5 inches of rain, as winds become a threat
During this time, winds from the east will range from 15 to 30 mph beginning in the afternoon hours and gusts will reach as high as 45 mph along the coastal areas of Monmouth and Ocean counties, forecasters said. Wind gusts ranging from 25 to 30 mph are expected statewide, which could result in downed tree limbs and power outages.
A warm front will approach the state with increasing clouds and scattered showers developing in the late morning and early afternoon hours for parts of northern New Jersey, according to Steven DiMartino, a private meteorologist for NY NJ PA Weather.
Between 1 to 2 inches of heavy rain is expected to fall statewide with potentially up to 3 inches across eastern Somerset, northern Middlesex and Morris counties, the weather service said in a Thursday morning briefing.
Bergen, Essex, Hudson, Passaic and Union counties are expected to see up to 2 inches of rain to fall between Friday into early Saturday, with some localized areas potentially expected to see higher totals.
Moderate to heavy rainfall will begin to fall Friday around the mid-afternoon and continue through the evening hours into Saturday morning, according to DiMartino.
The primary concern will be minor flooding along the the state's coastline, specifically areas in Atlantic, Monmouth and Ocean counties. A flood warning remains in effect for 10 New Jersey counties until further notice, as these areas continue to recover from Tuesday's storm that dumped over 5 inches across some parts.
As of Thursday morning, minor to moderate flooding is already being reported across Barnegat Bay, Manahawkin Bay and along the Passaic River in Pine Brook following Tuesday's storm, according to the weather service. These rivers are already near flood stage.
Thursday, however, will be most sunny with temperatures rising in the high 60s before falling into the high 40s at night, DiMartino said. Friday will also be dry with partly sunny skies before the storm begins to roll through around 2 p.m. across parts of southern New Jersey.
The storm is expected to exit the region around late Saturday morning from the south to the north, forecasters said. Cloudy skies will remain with temperatures rising in the high 60s.
Joshua Chung is the 9-5 breaking news and weather reporter. A lifelong Jersey Shore resident, he is a recent graduate of Michigan State University. Contact him at firstname.lastname@example.org, 917-703-9373 or on Twitter @Joshchunggg