South Jersey broke the record for the wettest March 7 on record on a day that brought driving rain, whiteout conditions and coastal flooding to the region.

The old record of 1.65 inches of rain or melted snow set in 2008 was broken with 2.11 inches on Wednesday's system. It is a testament to how strong the storm was. It is just an addition to what has been one of the wettest starts to the year on record.

Everyone did receive snow on Wednesday. However, it highly depended on where you were. In general, totals ranged from 1 to 3 inches east of the Parkway and on the barrier islands. 3 to 6 inches was seen west of the Parkway into western Atlantic and most of Cumberland. Parts of Cumberland saw 6 to 10 inches of snow.

Coastal flooding was generally minor, with water in the usual places. It closed some roads in Absecon and Atlantic City. There were spots that were worse than usual, though. Ocean City and Sea Isle City stand out in particular.

Moving forward, much quieter weather is on the way. There are still a few icy spots this morning, as temperatures started out in the upper 20s.

Slick spots will melt during the morning commute as the March sun does work on the roads and sidewalks. This will do wonders for melting snow, too. A high temperature in the mid-40s will be cool for this time of year, but is still well above freezing.

As we turn to Friday, we will see a partly sunny sky. Temperatures again remain in the mid-40s for highs. A weak system is passing through from the northwest.

Typically, the upper level energy is enough to spawn isolated snow showers in the northwest part of the state. I would not rule one out here, but it is a 20 percent chance and likely does not accumulate.

Saturday will then (potentially) be the best day of the weekend.

High pressure will bring nothing but sunshine, which will feel nice even with a mid-40 high.

However, the tide will (potentially) turn one more time Sunday. A storm system will ride through the mid-South and move up the East Coast. Whether it is more wet than white (or anything at all), time will tell.


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.