A strong coastal storm will bring snow, sleet, rain, wind, and tidal flooding to South Jersey Monday night and Tuesday. Snow will be heavier farther inland, with winds and tidal flooding most problematic along the shore.

Along the coast, high wind warnings are posted for winds that may gust as high as 55 to 60 miles-per-hour. Coastal flood warnings are also in effect for moderate tidal flooding expected during Tuesday morning's high tide. That high tide is around 9:30 a.m. on the ocean, an hour or two later in the back bays.

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For Ocean and Monmouth counties, the National Weather Service has issued a blizzard warning. A blizzard doesn't necessarily mean the heaviest snow, but it warns of low visibility, snow, and strong winds for an extended period of time. Officially, a blizzard is defined as 35 mile-per-hour wind gusts or higher, one-quarter mile visibility or lower, and snow or blowing snow for three or more consecutive hours. That criteria has the best chance of being met in these areas.

For the rest of South Jersey except the Atlantic County coastline and all of Cape May County, winter storm warnings are in effect for Monday night and Tuesday.  Five inches or more of snow is likely in most of the warning area. However, in Atlantic and Cumberland counties, there will be a big difference in snow totals from the northern and southern parts of those counties. So from along Delaware Bay to along Great Egg Harbor Bay, the least snow can be expected. Then from Deerfield to Hammonton to Galloway points north, more snow will likely be found.

From Brigantine to Longport and then all of Cape May County, shore and mainland alike, a winter weather advisory is in effect for lower snow totals. A few inches of snow are possible, but more rain and sleet will factor in here.

The storm is expected to develop Monday night, peak Tuesday morning, and taper off Tuesday afternoon.

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Broadcast meteorologist for 15 years (Marquette, Michigan; Burlington, VT; Albany, NY; South Jersey). NBC40 Chief meteorologist from December 2003 through December 2014. Press meteorologist since January 2015

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