Minor tidal flooding likely tonight

    You know the drill.

    It’s time to move your car to higher ground and avoid driving through flooded roadways.

    That’s because minor tidal flooding is likely during this evening’s high tide along all New Jersey coastal areas. It’s due to an onshore flow and the new moon cycle creating a higher than normal astronomical high tide.

    “Minor tidal flooding could produce water in roadways which do not normally have tidal flooding,” a National Weather Service Coastal Flood Advisory bulletin issued this afternoon said. 

    In this afternoon’s forecast discussion, meteorologists at the National Weather Service’s office in Mount Holly wrote that while tonight’s flooding “is not expected to be a big event,” the added population in Shore towns and extra traffic “may create additional problems.”

    “Some people in these areas may not be aware of tidal issues,” the discussion said. “Make sure you have parked your vehicle away from tidal waterways.”

    Typically, the most vulnerable roadways will flood during minor tidal flooding events. 

    High tide will occur around the oceanfront around 8 p.m. and several hours later in the back bays, according to a National Weather Service Coastal Flood Advisory issued this afternoon.

    Forecasters say tomorrow night’s high tide will likely be higher due to a developing southerly flow. 

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