Cancelled Games Flooded Fields

The home field for Middle Township High School baseball at the Clarence Davies Sports Complex in Goshen, is saturated from recent rains. Many high school athletic events throughout South Jersey have been postponed or cancelled due to the excessive amounts of rain the past week. Friday May 18, 2018. (Dale Gerhard / Press of Atlantic City)

Saturday will end much differently from how it began. The focus will be how Easter will wind up in South Jersey.

The line of storms forecasted over the past couple of days will be out of the region by 6 a.m.

Damaging gusts will be possible, and power outages will not be ruled out. The area of most concern will be in Cape May County and along the coast, closest to the strong jet of winds just a few thousand feet above our heads.

Areas of roadway flooding will be present into the morning as well. Even after that line pushes out by 6 a.m., at the latest, additional rain showers or even storms will be present until 8 to 10 a.m. (lingering until midday along the shore).

In short, the morning is looking like a washout.

However, a cold front will pass during the morning.

Before it does, temperatures will peak for the day, likely in the 60s for many. Then, after it passes, temperatures will slowly fall as winds turn to the southeast, staying on the breezy side. A slot of dry air will work in, enough to bring some sunshine for our afternoon. If you have outdoor plans and can handle a wet ground, that will be the time to do it.

Saturday night will be fairly pleasant. Temperatures will be in the 50s, so just a light jacket will do. You will not need the umbrella.

That will bring us to Easter morning. Many practicing like to be outdoors for the spring holiday. Easter egg hunts, brunches and church services are among the activities where participants take advantage of the typically milder weather to be out, especially when it’s happening as late as it is this year.

This year, you could keep plans outside, but be prepared to head in. A mostly cloudy sky will be present as the center of a weakening low pressure moves overhead. In terms of rain, a shower will be possible at any point, but we do stay mostly dry. Expect at least 80 percent of the morning to be dry, and at least 60 percent of the afternoon. Temperatures will be at to just below seasonable. That means low 60s inland and mid-50s at the shore on a damp southeast wind.

Finally, we still will have areas of spotty minor stage coastal flooding for the Saturday and Sunday evening high tides. Only the most susceptible spots will have salt water on them up to a few inches. Still, do not drive through flooded roadways.

Meteorologist

This is my first newspaper but not my first forecast for NJ. I graduated with a B.S. in Meteorology from Rutgers. Two TV internships gave me a taste for the newsroom. Then, after nearly 4 years in private NJ weather, I'm forecasting South Jersey for you.

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