Ventnor and Atlantic City Noreaster

Nancy Roche, of Margate, tries to control her umbrella in the strong winds on the Ventnor Boardwalk. Tuesday March 14, 2017. (Viviana Pernot / Staff Photographer)

The coastal storm will continue to unleash strong winds, coastal flooding and soaking rain for the first few hours of the day before wearing itself out.

The wind-driven rain will end around 7 a.m. A powerful low-pressure system will pass either extremely close to the shore Saturday, or go up the Delaware Bay and onto land.

Sustained winds of 15 to 30 mph are likely. In terms of gusts, 30 to 40 mph winds continue might be seen west of the Garden State Parkway and away from the shores of the Delaware Bay in Cumberland County. Meanwhile, 40 to 50 mph winds will be expected everywhere else. Long Beach Island and Brigantine have the potential for gusts near 55 mph, enough to make power outages a concern.

A coastal flood warning will be in effect for all counties, except for Cumberland, between 7 a.m. and 3 p.m. Cumberland County will be in a coastal flood advisory from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Moderate flood stage will be expected for those counties facing the Atlantic Ocean. A few road closures will be likely. In addition, un-raised homes and businesses near the bay might see water inundation.

We’ll then turn to the afternoon, which will be quieter. The winds will diminish, though it will still be breezy. I anticipate scattered showers throughout the day, at most. There will be hours of dry time. So, if you really want to do something outside, you could, the ground will just be soggy.

High temperatures will be in the mid 60s, seasonable for this time of the year.

Saturday night will then be mostly dry and mostly cloudy. You could bring the umbrella if you want, but you could just as well leave it at home and be fine. Lows will be around 50.

We then turn to Sunday. There will be enough moisture around to spark up a shower at any point. However, I would venture to say that 80 percent of your day will be dry. A few peeks of sun will come out, too, with highs in the low 60s. Minor coastal flood stage will be expected during the Sunday morning/midday high tide, minus the Delaware Bay.

Our next weather player will be a low pressure that dives out of Canada and sweeps into the mid-Atlantic late Sunday night into Monday. This will be a coastal storm, but much weaker than our current one. Expect hit or miss showers and gusty winds, but it will not be much to write home about.

To learn what local government officials have to say about the storm, visit our website.

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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