Snow storm

In Pleasantville , snow coming down hard. March 7, 2018 (Craig Matthews / Staff Photographer)

Our third nor’easter in 10 days will start Monday afternoon. It will not be a big storm, but this could be a South Jersey special.

There have been plenty of questions with this system, especially since computer models have made this forecast an “evolving” situation.

Here are six answers to help you plan out your Monday and Tuesday.

Another one? Did we know we would have so many storms in a row?

Yep, another one. March has been roaring and roaring. You can thank the jet stream for this, which helps determine the storm track. It has been sitting right off the Jersey Shore practically since March started.

I have been mentioning since mid-February that early March was looking colder and stormier. Two long-range forecast tools, the NAO and the AO, have shown that this time period would be colder and stormy.

So what is the timing for this storm?

Precipitation will break out as rain Monday afternoon, between 1 and 4 p.m. Rain will flip to snow just after the evening commute home. The storm will be most intense Monday night, but it will get out quick. It will be all snow when it ends Tuesday morning, stopping by the morning commute.

Our shores are weary. Will there be issues?

Unfortunately, yes. For most, though, problems will thankfully be limited. Minor flood stage is expected during the high tides Tuesday, especially during the morning. Move your cars if your street flooded Wednesday. Locally, back bays will be higher. After this passes, strong northwest winds will blow the water out Wednesday.

What about power outages?

Battered from the previous two storms, weak power lines can come down in the heavy, wet snow. Overall, though, problems will be limited.

How much snow will we actually see?

In general, I believe 2 to 4 inches of snow will fall over South Jersey. There are two exceptions, in southern Cape May County and western Cumberland County, where a coating to 2 inches should fall.

Will I need bread and milk?

Save your money for Irish soda bread on St. Patrick’s Day. The snow will melt quickly Tuesday.


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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