Coastal Storm Approaching

Jonathan Carr
By April 18, 2022 17:57

Coastal Storm Approaching

Discussion: I wanted to discuss tonight’s coastal storm in more detail as it deserves its own article.

In the upper levels we have an approaching negative-tilted trough. This 1) provides the cold air and 2) provides upper dynamics to intensify the surface coastal low. The surface coastal low will track northward mainly along the Jersey coast overnight, just ahead of the trough in the greatest area of positive vorticity advection.

While you’re still N of the low, winds will be off the ocean (out of the E or E/SE). When the low is directly over you, you should experience a lull in winds. When the low gets N of you, winds will pick back up but out of the W or W/NW. This goes for all of NJ except for NWNJ.

NWNJ is subject to more of a NE wind and generally colder conditions, especially the higher elevations of Sussex County. For these reasons, Sussex is looking at possible hard sloppy snowfall overnight. It’s hard to tell how much will accumulate on the roads but it will be sloppy. Climatology this time of year along with the warmer flow off the ocean will do its job to keep it sloppy.

For the rest of NJ (S of I-80/SE of I-287), this is a rain and wind storm. Things get interesting on the opposite end of the state in SENJ. The peak onshore wind-driven storm surge tonight will time poorly with high astronomical tide. And since this coastal storm is tracking right along the coast, rather than offshore, the onshore wind direction will align closer to inlet/Del Bay orientation. For these reasons, minor-to-moderate coastal flooding is likely for the SNJ/ENJ coasts, including SWNJ coasts.

Here’s our snow map. Snow interests are likely limited to Sussex County and points N and W of such. Like I said above, this is a rain and wind storm for most of NJ with sloppy snow possible in NWNJ and coastal flooding likely in SENJ.

Full Resolution Impact Map

In English: Rainfall should pickup from now into overnight hours. 1-2 inches of rain are expected to fall between now and early tomorrow morning. Winds should intensify this evening and peak around midnight. Immediate coastal areas should feel the strongest winds (sustained 15-25mph with gusts to 45mph). Areas away from the coast should see slightly lesser winds. Sussex County is the most favored for a very wet and sloppy snow job. The rest of NJ will see a cold rain, but simply not cold enough for snow. Watch for minor-to-moderate coastal flooding along the SENJ/ECNJ coast tonight. Everything should clear by daybreak tomorrow with W/NW winds tapering. I’ll be checking in with radar obs posts from here. Have a great night and please be safe! JC

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Jonathan Carr
By April 18, 2022 17:57