Heavy snow, adverse conditions to continue through midday and beyond

     (Image: National Weather Service Storm Prediction Center)

    (Image: National Weather Service Storm Prediction Center)

    Adverse conditions will continue for most of the Jersey Shore through midday and beyond, forecasters say. 

    Peak snow rates will locally exceed 2 inches an hour as the coastal storm intensifies, according to the National Weather Service Storm Prediction Center. Some locations at the coast, particularly in southern areas, will experience mixed precipitation and rain.  

    Forecasters say that wind gusts at the coast will continue to reach over 50 miles per hour at times.

    Close to 100,000 utility customers are without power at the Jersey Shore as of 9:15 a.m. Additional power outages are likely due to strong winds and mixed precipitation, which is resulting in downed trees and wires along with and malfunctioning transformers. 

    The Ocean County Sheriff’s Department released a statement earlier this morning advising residents to say at home due to impassable roadways. 

    “Do not make us waste our resources on poor decisions. This is no joke,” part of the statement said. 

    Tidal flooding is at minor to moderate levels following the morning high tide, with additional flooding expected at higher levels — especially in Ocean County to the south — for two more cycles (tonight and tomorrow morning). 

    The National Weather Service expects near-blizzard to blizzard conditions to continue throughout the day due to gusty winds blowing snow and creating poor visibility.

    Up to 2 feet of snow is possible by tomorrow morning. 

    Follow JSHN for updates throughout the day.

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