STORM FORECAST

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“A big ole nasty storm” is in the forecast for this weekend, one that could cause “coastal flooding and beach erosion not seen in many years.”

Those quotes are from a story in today’s Star-Ledger, which reports that “a powerful nor’easter is taking aim at New Jersey, promising more drenching rain, high winds and concerns over coastal flooding and beach erosion.”

Even after the storm passes, it doesn’t look like we’ll be seeing much sunshine before next Thursday.

From the reprt:

Even as the rain fell yesterday, a storm expected to form over the Carolinas and move northward Sunday was dominating forecasters’ attention.

“It looks just like a big ole nasty storm,” said Jim Eberwine, meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Mount Holly. “I’m sure the adjectives will be flying over the next few days. For so late in the season, it’s going to be a whopper.”

The coastal storm could sit off the New Jersey coast until Tuesday, punishing the Shore with high winds and surf during a period of already high lunar tides, forecasters said.

Looks like the storm is expected to reach us late Saturday, with the heaviest rains arrivig Sunday morning.

From the National Weather Service:

Overnight [Friday]: Partly cloudy, with a low around 39. West wind around 16 mph.

Friday: Partly cloudy, with a high near 53. West wind between 13 and 20 mph.

Friday Night: Partly cloudy, with a low around 36. Northwest wind between 9 and 13 mph.

Saturday: A chance of rain after 4pm. Increasing clouds, with a high near 54. Northwest wind 5 to 9 mph becoming south. Chance of precipitation is 40%. New rainfall amounts of less than a tenth of an inch possible.

Saturday Night: Periods of rain, mainly after 10pm. Low around 41. South wind 9 to 17 mph becoming east. Chance of precipitation is 90%. New rainfall amounts between a half and three quarters of an inch possible.

Sunday: Periods of rain, mainly before 2pm. High near 46. Breezy. Chance of precipitation is 90%. New rainfall amounts between one and two inches possible.

Sunday Night: Rain likely, mixing with snow after 8pm. Cloudy, with a low around 39. Chance of precipitation is 60%.

Monday: Mostly cloudy, with a high near 52.

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