Colder Air Returns Coastal Storm Carolina Stalls Then Heads Northeast
COASTAL FLOOD WATCH IN EFFECT FROM SUNDAY MORNING THROUGH MONDAY AFTERNOON
GALE WARNINGS FOR THE COASTAL WATERS NEW JERSEY TO SOUTHERN NEW ENGLAND
It is early but Coastal Flood Watches are up for New Jersey from Middlesex County southward to Cape May for high tides Sunday night and Monday. We have a rather intense coastal storm that is going to be developing off the Carolina coast tonight through Saturday night. Combine that storm with a strong high pressure area in Northern New England and you wind up with a developing tight pressure gradient from New England southward to the Carolinas. More on this later but for now after a good looking day of sunhsine and temperatures that recovered into the 50s, we have a cold front coming through with nothing much attached to it. Clouds are to the northwest in Upstate NY & Northwest Pennsylvania. Clouds to the south are with the developing low off the Carolinas and those are mostly from Southern New Jersey southward. We have no rain issues to worry about on the regional and local radars. You can see the leading edge of rain from the Carolina storm on the lower right of the regional radar.
Tonight should be mainly clear and it will be turning colder again as winds shift around to the north and temperatures drop to the 20s with teens in colder areas inland. Then we move ahead to what should be the better of the two weekend days with some sunshine but it will be brisk and cold with a freshening northeast wind. Highs will be mostly in the 30s.
By the time we get to Sunday at the very least sky conditions will deteriorate as it will be an overcast raw and windy day, especially along the coast. Temperatures will be in the upper 30s and lower 40s. Some rain will move into Southern New Jersey during the afternoon. It is a bit tricky since it will likely back in from off the ocean. The western edge of the rain could make it to the Pennsylvania line. I don’t expect it to reach NYC or Long Island until Sunday night so the dayside should be fine. Wind and rain will be along the coast Sunday night into Monday. Winds will be strong along the immediate coast but it should be lower inland. I don’t think rainfall amounts will be anything to worry about. It will just be a cold damp nasty day on Monday with highs just into the 40s.
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