Saturday saw one round of spotty minor coastal flooding, however more severe and more widespread issues will be present Sunday and Monday as a coastal storm moves up the East Coast.

Sunday will not feature the same, stiff, northeast wind as Saturday. However, it will not feature the same sunshine that Saturday afforded us nor the dry air. Instead, it will be raw and gray, with that strong northeast wind signifying another coastal storm is near.

Coastal flooding Sunday and Monday

The coastal impacts will be the biggest concern. Sunday’s first high tide of the day (generally 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.), Sunday evening’s high tide (10 p.m. to midnight), Monday’s midday high tide (11 a.m. to 1 p.m.) and Tuesday morning’s high tide (midnight to 2 a.m.) will all bring flooding. The storm’s motion, slow-moving up the coast, will be similar to the mid-October nor’easter we had, where we saw severe beach erosion in parts of Avalon, Strathmere and Ocean City. Hopefully, we do not have the same result, but expect some impacts from the erosion.

Widespread moderate flood stage looks likely during Sunday’s first high tide, with only the Delaware Bay shore towns staying in minor stage. Thankfully, we should only be on the low end of moderate. Still, moderate flood stage is when water inundation begins in unraised dwellings near the bay. Expect full blocks of bayside roadways to have water on them, with road closures likely in the susceptible spots. Even the ocean side block could see water. Bridges may be impassable for a brief period of time. Move your cars if you need to and do not drive through the salt water on the roads.

Sunday evening’s high tide will be between minor flood stage and moderate flood stage. This will be the nuisance variety that we see. Only the “typical” flooding spots will see water, and no damage to homes or businesses will be expected. However, a few road closures will be likely.

Monday midday’s high tide will be back in moderate flood stage and should be slightly higher than the Sunday morning one. Meanwhile, we’ll really drain our waters for the Tuesday morning high tide. Only Ocean and perhaps Atlantic County will see minor flood stage. The other places should not see any.

Wind on Sunday and Monday

While unlikely, power outages will not be ruled out along and near the shore. Downed tree branches or even weakened trees could fall. Loose objects will likely get blown around while high profile vehicles will need to use caution on the bridges.

Sustained winds will be 20-30 mph at the shore. Gusts will generally be 35-45 mph. However, a few gusts should get close to 50 mph.

West of the Garden State Parkway, it’ll be blustery. I just don’t anticipate many wind issues. Sustained winds will be 15-25 mph, with gusts up to 35 mph.

Rain (and some snow) on Sunday and Monday

The dry air that stuffed us with sunshine will try to hang on, despite the cloudy sky.

A washout still looks unlikely Sunday. In fact, western Cumberland and Atlantic counties could very well be dry all day. For the rest of the area, a light rain showers, even falling as non-accumulating snow at times, will fall.

These spotty showers, with dry time, will be present right into Sunday night. Monday should not be a washout either. However, as the low pressure nears our latitude, I’d expect a 1-3 hour shot of rain between 1 and 9 p.m.

Rainfall totals will range from potentially nothing out in western Atlantic and Cumberland counties to a 0.50 inch near the shore.

After Monday

Dry and seasonable weather will be present from Tuesday through Thursday. It’ll be comfortable for outdoor, late fall activities.

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