Winter Storm Warning and Flood Update

 

Blizzard watch map January 2016
Blizzard watch map January 2016

All of the east coast Delmarva beach areas into Jersey have to worry about flooding this weekend.  From Chincoteague, Virginia to Seaside Heights New Jersey and between are in the storm’s path for coastal flooding.   The full moon is not going to help that at all.   Cold heavy wet winds could produce a lot of ice,  downed trees and branches will be an issue for some people.  Ice power lines are never good either.  The weather for Sussex County is mostly rain and snow mix.   We need to worry about flooding the most,.  The good news is  the tidal surge has been dropped almost a foot since yesterday.  now they are calling for only 12 foot waves Saturday night instead of 20, so there is that.  Tidal or storm surge is a little different than the waves that actually hit the beaches.  Be smart and safe when traveling. Remember flood waters are very cold this time of year, just getting out and wading is not an option.  Turn Around Don’t Drown.  You can use Del Dot’s traffic map app to find accidents, road closures, snow plows live, and traffic cameras.  The other side of the 95 corridor is going to get the brunt of the snow.

From the NWS … 

Southern Delaware Wave Chart, sussex county, 2016, blizzard, noreaster
Southern Delaware Wave Chart .. Swellinfo

Friday

A chance of snow after 2pm. Increasing clouds, with a high near 35. North wind 9 to 11 mph. Chance of precipitation is 30%. New snow accumulation of less than a half inch possible.
Friday Night
Snow likely before 11pm, then rain, snow, and sleet between 11pm and 2am, then rain and sleet after 2am. Low around 34. Windy, with a northeast wind 15 to 25 mph increasing to 26 to 36 mph after midnight. Winds could gust as high as 49 mph. Chance of precipitation is 100%. New snow and sleet accumulation of 1 to 3 inches possible.
Saturday
Rain. High near 44. Very windy, with a northeast wind 39 to 41 mph, with gusts as high as 55 mph. Chance of precipitation is 100%. New precipitation amounts between three quarters and one inch possible.
Saturday Night
Rain before 8pm, then snow. Low around 30. Windy. Chance of precipitation is 100%. New precipitation amounts between a quarter and half of an inch possible.
Sunday
Snow likely, mainly before 8am. Partly sunny, with a high near 38. Breezy. Chance of precipitation is 70%.

 

NWS Mount Holly has a winter storm watch in effect for most of Delaware ….

Coastal Flood Watch in effect from January 23, 04:00 AM EST until January 24, 12:00 PM EST

Wave and wind info Saturday January 22nd
Wave and wind info .. Saturday January 22nd … Southern Delaware

COASTAL FLOOD WATCH REMAINS IN EFFECT FROM LATE FRIDAY NIGHT THROUGH SUNDAY MORNING…

* LOCATIONS…THE NEW JERSEY COUNTIES OF OCEAN, SOUTHEASTERN
BURLINGTON, ATLANTIC, CAPE MAY AND CUMBERLAND. THE DELAWARE
COUNTIES OF SUSSEX AND KENT.

* COASTAL FLOODING…WIDESPREAD MODERATE COASTAL FLOODING IS
POSSIBLE AND THERE MAY BE LOCALIZED AREAS OF MAJOR COASTAL
FLOODING. THE COASTAL FLOODING COULD LAST FOR THREE CONSECUTIVE
HIGH TIDE CYCLES WITH WATER REMAINING TRAPPED ALONG THE COAST,
AND IN THE BACK BAYS AND ESTUARIES.

* TIMING…HIGH TIDE ON THE NEW JERSEY AND DELAWARE OCEANFRONT
OCCURS BETWEEN 630 AM AND 730 AM SATURDAY MORNING, BETWEEN 700
PM AND 800 PM SATURDAY EVENING, AND BETWEEN 700 AM AND 800 AM
SUNDAY MORNING. HIGH TIDE ON THE BACK BAYS AND ON DELAWARE BAY
OCCURS LATER THAN THE HIGH TIDE ALONG THE OCEANFRONT.

* WAVES…WAVE HEIGHTS ON THE NEAR-SHORE WATERS OFF NEW JERSEY AND
DELAWARE ARE FORECAST TO BUILD TO 15 TO 20 FEET OVER THE
WEEKEND. WAVE HEIGHTS ON DELAWARE BAY MAY BUILD TO 4 TO 8 FEET.

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* IMPACTS…NUMEROUS ROADWAYS MAY FLOOD AND MINOR TO MODERATE
PROPERTY DAMAGE IS POSSIBLE. THE TIDES AND WAVE ACTION COULD
RESULT IN SIGNIFICANT BEACH EROSION.

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS…

A COASTAL FLOOD WATCH MEANS THAT CONDITIONS ARE FAVORABLE FOR THE
DEVELOPMENT OF MODERATE OR MAJOR TIDAL FLOODING.

BE PREPARED TO BEGIN TAKING APPROPRIATE ACTION TO PROTECT LIFE
AND PROPERTY. FOLLOW THE RECOMMENDATIONS OF LOCAL EMERGENCY
MANAGEMENT OFFICIALS. BE SURE TO CHECK THE LATEST FORECAST FROM
TIME TO TIME IN CASE A WARNING IS ISSUED OR ANY NEW INFORMATION
BECOMES AVAILABLE.

FOR A LIST OF THE IMPACT OF DIFFERENT TIDE HEIGHTS IN YOUR COUNTY
PLEASE VISIT WWW.WEATHER.GOV/PHI/TIDES (ALL IN LOWER CASE).

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LOCATION TIME OF PREDICTED WATER LEVEL HIGH TIDE

SEASIDE HEIGHTS, NJ 6:30 AM SATURDAY NEAR 7.0 FEET MLLW
(OCEANFRONT) 6:58 PM SATURDAY NEAR 7.5 FEET MLLW
7:14 AM SUNDAY 7.5 TO 8.0 FEET MLLW

ATLANTIC CITY, NJ 6:43 AM SATURDAY NEAR 7.0 FEET MLLW
(OCEANFRONT) 7:09 PM SATURDAY NEAR 7.5 FEET MLLW
7:26 AM SUNDAY 7.5 TO 8.0 FEET MLLW

CAPE MAY, NJ 7:17 AM SATURDAY 7.5 TO 8.0 FEET MLLW
(OCEANFRONT) 7:43 PM SATURDAY NEAR 8.0 FEET MLLW
8:00 AM SUNDAY NEAR 8.5 FEET MLLW

LEWES, DE 7:59 AM SATURDAY 7.5 TO 8.0 FEET MLLW
(DELAWARE BAY) 8:22 PM SATURDAY 7.5 TO 8.0 FEET MLLW
8:42 AM SUNDAY NEAR 8.0 FEET MLLW

REHOBOTH BEACH, DE 7:00 AM SATURDAY NEAR 7.5 FEET MLLW
(OCEANFRONT) 7:13 PM SATURDAY NEAR 7.5 FEET MLLW
7:45 AM SUNDAY 7.5 TO 8.0 FEET MLLW

HIGH TIDE ON THE BACK BAYS AND ALONG DELAWARE BAY OCCURS LATER
THAN THE HIGH TIDE ON THE OCEANFRONT.

 

High Wind Watch in effect from January 23, 12:00 AM EST until January 24, 12:00 AM EST 

Saturday's Wave and Wind info Ocean City Maryland
Saturday’s Wave and Wind info Ocean City Maryland
HIGH WIND WATCH IS IN EFFECT FROM LATE FRIDAY NIGHT THROUGH
SATURDAY EVENING...

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN MOUNT HOLLY HAS ISSUED A HIGH
WIND WATCH...WHICH IS IN EFFECT FROM LATE FRIDAY NIGHT THROUGH
SATURDAY EVENING.

* WINDS...NORTHEAST 35 TO 45 MPH WITH GUSTS UP TO 60 MPH.

* TIMING...LATE FRIDAY NIGHT THROUGH SATURDAY EVENING.

* IMPACTS...THE COMBINATION OF STRONG WINDS AND WET SNOWFALL COULD
  LEAD TO TREE DAMAGE AND POWER OUTAGES. DIFFICULTY DRIVING HIGH
  PROFILE VEHICLES.

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS...

A HIGH WIND WATCH MEANS THERE IS THE POTENTIAL FOR A HAZARDOUS
HIGH WIND EVENT. SUSTAINED WINDS OF AT LEAST 40 MPH...OR GUSTS OF
58 MPH OR STRONGER MAY OCCUR. CONTINUE TO MONITOR THE LATEST
FORECASTS.

 

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