A coastal low will bring rain – not snow, as had been a risk earlier this week – to the region over the weekend, but the local impacts will be seen mostly from tidal flooding, according to the National Weather Service. Strong winds are also expected.
⚠️❄️ A coastal system will bring widespread precipitation to our region. Snow and some mixed precip will occur northwest of I-95. The immediate urban corridor is unlikely to experience anything more than a wet coating of snow.https://t.co/JiD09ByGTv#PAwx #NJwx #DEwx #MDwx pic.twitter.com/LdbaspdfxS
— NWS Mount Holly (@NWS_MountHolly) January 4, 2024
As of early Friday morning, no formal watches or warnings had been issued by the NWS, however the agency forecasted minor coastal flooding both Saturday and Sunday at times of high tide along the bayside. The winds will begin to howl primarily after the system exits the region.
“Windy conditions may cause isolated instances of tree damage and power outages on Monday and Tuesday,” the forecast said.
After a sunny-but-chilly day on Friday with a high of 37 degrees, clouds will increase overnight. Rain is likely Saturday, mainly after 4 p.m., and the weather will otherwise be cloudy, with a high near 45. Light and variable wind will blow from the east at 10 to 15 m.p.h. in the morning.
The bulk of the rain will move through Saturday night, though a low of 43 degrees will shield the Shore from any snow potential. It will be windy, the NWS said, with a northeast wind 20 to 30 m.p.h., with gusts as high as 40 m.p.h. Precipitation amounts between three quarters and one inch are possible.
The rain will continue into Sunday, mainly before 1 p.m., with another quarter-inch of rain possible. The sun will return on Monday.