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Nor’Easter May Bring Snow, ‘Major’ Tidal Flooding to Shore Area This Week

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Brick Beach III during the March 5, 2015 snow storm. (Photo: Daniel Nee) Click to expand.
Brick Beach III during the March 5, 2015 snow storm. (Photo: Daniel Nee) Click to expand.

Meteorologists are preparing for what is being described as a potentially “high impact” nor’easter that may bring snow, coastal flooding and high winds to the Shore area beginning Friday.

In a briefing package issued by the National Weather Service office in Mount Holly late Monday, forecasters said snow is likely across all of the region late Friday through Saturday night. Areas from Philadelphia south and east – including Ocean County – have the potential to change to rain for a time on Saturday which may lower accumulations.

There have been no snowfall total predictions issued.

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Gusty winds are possible through the same period which could lead to additional concerns with blowing snow, the briefing package said. The strongest gusts will be along the coastline. Additionally, the nor’easter will coincide with a fall moon, which will send tides higher than normal, leading to coastal flooding. Flooding will be “moderate to major,” the package said.

A track closer to the coast would result in more rain and a track further offshore would lessen the overall impacts, forecasters said.

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