Gusty offshore winds, choppy seas through Wednesday

     (Photo: Webb Zahn via Flickr)

    (Photo: Webb Zahn via Flickr)

    Navigating offshore waters in a small vessel will be treacherous through Wednesday, forecasters say.

    A Small Craft Advisory is in effect until 6 p.m. Wednesday, according to a National Weather Service bulletin.

    The advisory covers coastal waters out 20 nautical miles from the entire New Jersey coastline.

    “The strongest winds will begin later this afternoon and continue through tonight. Seas will begin to increase by this afternoon and will remain elevated through Wednesday,” according to the bulletin.

    Mariners should be prepared for south winds at 10 to 20 knots, with gusts up to 25 knots, and seas running at five to eight feet.

    “Winds and seas within these ranges are expected to produce hazardous conditions for small craft. Inexperienced mariners, especially those operating smaller vessels, should avoid navigating in these conditions,” the bulletin warns. 

    Marine conditions are expected to improve after a cold front passes well offshore late Wednesday. 

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