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South Jersey is in line to get a few tenths of an inch of snow along the shore Friday into Saturday.
That’s not much to worry about, but for the organizers of the Ventnor Holiday Parade and Atlantic City Block Party, the safety of the participants and audience is always on their minds.
“The police and safety officers will work the event to help the public. However, good common sense is always key,” said Joe Kelly, president of the Greater Atlantic City Chamber.
Two different systems will bring the potential for snow this weekend.
The first is a low-pressure system that will ride up the eastern seaboard between late Friday and Saturday morning. This has the potential to be a bigger storm. However, it is likely to bring, at most, an inch or two of snow, not sticking to roads much.
The second system comes Sunday. This likely would be flurries, if anything.
Only 7.7 inches of snow fell at Atlantic City International Airport last winter, but between these two events, the season could be off to a snowier start.
Shelly D’Orazio, of the Ventnor Beautification Committee, is just hoping the snow ends in time for Saturday’s parade.
“Just give us dry, and we can bundle up. We can handle it,” D’Orazio said.
It looks like it will be dry for both the Ventnor and Hammonton parades.
They driest part of the weekend will be Saturday afternoon into early Sunday, which falls between the departing low-pressure system and the incoming clipper system.
Had the Ventnor parade not been moved to the afternoon, and held in the morning as in the past, organizers would have had to worry more about snow this year.
“We did it last year at 4:30 p.m.,” D’Orazio said. “It worked so great that we decided that we had to do it during the afternoon again this year.”
Snow or not, you can expect a chilly pair of days Saturday and Sunday, with high temperatures struggling to get above 40 degrees.
But that’s the season, Kelly said.
“Anything that creates a holiday spirit is encouraging,” Kelly said. “You want people to be comfortable but want people to understand that we are in December.”