A coastal storm bearing down on the Jersey Shore is not bringing snow, but rain, high winds and a storm surge more pronounced than in some other recent weather systems.
A coastal flood watch is in effect for the entire New Jersey coastline for the A.M. high tide Monday. According to the National Weather Service, up to one foot of inundation above ground level is expected in low-lying areas near shorelines and tidal waterways.
“At this level, flooding begins on the most vulnerable roads in coastal and bayside communities, and along inland tidal waterways,” the advisory said. “Some partial or full road closures are possible.”
Due to the moon phase, there is only one back bay high tide period Monday on Barnegat Bay. It occurs just before 12 noon in most locations. Specifically:
- Mantoloking: 11:41 a.m.
- Beaver Dam Creek (Inside): 10:02 a.m.
- Kettle Creek: 11:36 a.m.
- Manasquan Inlet: 7:01 a.m. / 7:33 p.m.
The coastal flood advisory expires after the morning high tide cycle and no flooding impacts are expected afterwards, the NWS statement said.
Special Marine Warning including the Waters from Manasquan Inlet NJ to Little Egg Inlet NJ out 20 to 40 nm, Coastal waters from Manasquan Inlet to Little Egg Inlet NJ out 20 nm and Waters from Cape May NJ to Fenwick Island DE out 20 to 40 nm until 2:15 AM EST pic.twitter.com/iImeJrLDc8
— NWS Mount Holly (@NWS_MountHolly) January 17, 2022
High tide in the Atlantic Ocean will occur at 6:43 a.m. and 7:15 p.m. A marine warning has been issued for offshore waters from Manasquan Inlet southward, calling for wind gusts of up to 50 knots (57 m.p.h.) with seas building from 9-14 feet. A gale warning will continue into Monday night, with gusts of up to 40 knots, however the winds are forecast to gradually diminish overnight. Small craft advisories are likely Tuesday and Wednesday, the NWS marine statement said.