Snow is falling throughout the region and a winter weather advisory has been issued for New Jersey.

Meanwhile a coastal flood warning remains in effect  through 6 a.m., Thursday, according to the National Weather Service.

Snow accumulations are expected to be between 1 to 4 inches in the form of mixed precipitation that will change to mainly rain by tonight, according to the weather service.

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By mid-afternoon, flooding was occurring on Route 40 in West Atlantic City as well as part of Ventnor Heights.

Moderate flooding is expected around high tide today and tonight with the water level not expected to recede much between the two high tides. High tide occurs in Atlantic City at 1:01 p.m. and 1:57 a.m. with a high tide forecasted to be near 7.5 feet. In Cape May, high tide will be at 1:35 p.m. and 2:31 a.m. with a high tide forecasted to be 8 to 8.5 feet above mean lower low water.

Waves could reach the 6 to 10 foot range along the coast and 2 to 6 feet on the Delaware Bay.

A high wind warning also has been issued through 6 a.m. Thursday with northerly winds between 25 to 25 mph and gusts forecasted to be up to 55 mph in New Jersey. Temperatures are forecasted to be in the mid to upper 30s.

This latest storm also has prompted officials to close the Disaster Recover Center in the lower level of the Cape May County Main Library, 30 W. Mechanic St. in Cape May Court House. Representatives of the Federal Emergency Management Agency had been staffing the center to help residents apply for disaster aid. Officials did not announce when the center would reopen.

The weather service warns that this storm could have a stronger impact than usual due to the extensive damage to coastal and shoreline protection from Sandy, which struck last week bringing major coastal flooding and high winds.

Already this morning power outages have been reported in Chelsea Heights and Ventnor Heights and Ocean City. Power has been restored to Ventnor and Chelsea Heights, but as of 7:40 a.m., more than 1,700 customers were out in Ocean City, according to the Atlantic City Electric online outage map.

Atlantic County advises its residents to restock emergency supplies as the storm could again cause extended power outages

Debris that had been stacked neatly in piles in parts of Ventnor already is beginning to blow around. Some schools already have announced early dismissal due to the storm and authorities in Ocean County have ordered evacuations or will restrict access to barrier islands, such as Long Beach Island, that suffered devastating damage during Sandy.

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