[ABOVE: A short film of the sunset Friday night, from Shorebeat’s cameras.)
The National Weather Service has issued a wind advisory for Ocean County and much of the Jersey Shore between 10 a.m. Saturday and 1 a.m. Sunday.
The windy conditions will accompany a winter storm that will be mostly rain in the coastal areas of the state, but will include a small bit more of a winter component that previously forecast. According to the NWS forecast, Saturday will being rain before 1 p.m., then rain, snow, and sleet between 1 p.m. and 2 p.m., then snow likely after 2 p.m. Temperature will be falling to around 29 degrees by 5 p.m. after a morning high in the mid-40s. It will be breezy, with a northwest wind 5 to 10 m.p.h. becoming northwest 15 to 25 m.p.h. in the morning. Winds could gust as high as 45 m.p.h. New snow and sleet accumulation of less than one inch are possible.
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For Saturday night, there will be a chance of snow, mainly before 7 p.m. It will otherwise be mostly cloudy, then gradually becoming mostly clear, with a low around 22 degrees. New snow accumulation of less than a half inch possible. Windy conditions will continue.
“Strong winds develop late [Saturday] morning morning and continue into the afternoon,” the NWS advisory said. “There may be a lull this evening before winds increase once again.”
Gusts could top 50 m.p.h., especially close to the oceanfront. Gusty winds could blow around unsecured objects. Tree limbs could be blown down and a few power outages may result, the NWS forecast said.
Cloudy conditions are forecast remain Sunday, but with a high of 38 degrees before a warm front is expected to move in next week.