Ahead of the arrival of a potent nor’easter, the National Weather Service has expanded Winter Storm Warnings throughout the New York City metro area, Monmouth County in Central New Jersey, and much of southern New England. In addition to the Winter Storm Warnings, a High Wind Watch has been issued for portions of New Jersey and Delaware where gusts can be damaging at times.
The Winter Storm Warnings have been expanded into areas where heavy snow is expected. At this time, Winter Storm Warnings are up for Philadelphia, New York City, New Haven, Hartford, Providence, and Boston. In this area, up to and more than a foot of snow could fall by Thursday morning.
In portions of southern New Jersey, Winter Storm Watches were replaced with Winter Weather Advisories. Winter Weather Advisories are also up for Baltimore and Washington, DC where 5″ or less of snow is expected. Here, milder air will keep precipitation in liquid form longer, with freezing rain and sleet at times. All precipitation in this area should change to plain snow late Wednesday and early Thursday.
With northeast winds sustained at 30 to 40 mph with gusts to 60 mph expected, a High Wind Watch is in effect for Wednesday evening through late Wednesday night for portions of New Jersey and Delaware. Ocean, Atlantic, Monmouth, and Atlantic counties will see the highest winds in New Jersey. With such strong winds, power outages are likely.
Coastal Flood related advisories are also up in coastal communities. High winds, rough surf, and flooding in areas prone to coastal flooding will be likely, as will beach erosion.