Forecasters: Variety of impacts possible Wednesday through Friday

     The disturbance off the southeastern US coast Monday afternoon that is expected to impact the area later in the week. (Image: NOAA)

    The disturbance off the southeastern US coast Monday afternoon that is expected to impact the area later in the week. (Image: NOAA)

    The interaction between a series of cold frontal boundaries and a disturbance that is likely to become a tropical system is expected to deliver a variety of weather impacts between Wednesday and Friday, forecasters say.

    An area of low pressure off the Southeastern United States coastline is likely to become a tropical system within the next 48 hours, according to the National Hurricane Center.

    The latest data indicates that the system will eventually take a northerly track toward the Carolina coastline before heading to the northeast off the Mid-Atlantic coastline, a weather briefing issued by the National Weather Service in Mount Holly, NJ late Monday afternoon advises.

    The tropical moisture is expected to intersect with the cold frontal boundaries, producing showers and thunderstorms mainly Thursday afternoon into Friday, according to the weather briefing. 

    But the impacts, including whether July 4 fireworks displays will proceed, are highly dependent on the ultimate track. 

    “This is NOT Super Storm Sandy,” the briefing advises. “No landfall is expected in New Jersey or Delaware. However, heavy rain, winds, tidal and fresh water flooding, rip currents, and heavy surf are possible as we head into a major holiday weekend.”

    Beachgoers should take heed as forecasters are expecting rip currents to be a major threat throughout most of the holiday weekend.

    By Saturday, the latest NOAA forecast calls for clearing conditions.

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