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BLIZZARD WARNING Issued for Ocean County: 12-18 Inches of Snow Forecast in Nor’Easter

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

Brick Beach III during a snow storm. (Photo: Daniel Nee) Click to expand.

A blizzard warning has been issued for Ocean County, with forecasters predicting an incoming coastal storm will bring 12 to 18 inches of snow to the region – with totals varying between towns – and wind gusting in upwards of 50 m.p.h.

The blizzard warning is in effect from 7 p.m. Friday to 7 p.m. Saturday.

“Snow is expected to begin on Friday evening, with snow becoming heavy after midnight,” the National Weather Service said in a statement. “The most likely time for blizzard conditions is late Friday night through midday Saturday. Blizzard conditions are primarily expected at or within a few miles from the coast.”

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The snow will wind down over the afternoon hours Saturday, the NWS statement said.

“Travel could be very difficult to impossible,” during the warning period, it continued. “Areas of blowing snow could significantly reduce visibility. Gusty winds could bring down tree branches.”

The latest forecast indicates 5-7 inches of snow falling Friday night and 5-9 additional inches falling Saturday. Wind and localized areas of heavy precipitation will drive totals.

Sustained winds will hover around 20-25 m.p.h. with gusts to 40-50 m.p.h. – higher as one approaches the ocean. Offshore, winds will reach about 55 m.p.h. and seas will run 7-10 feet.

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