A nor’easter will move through the New Jersey region Tuesday afternoon through Wednesday, forecasters said.
The main threat is heavy rain, although freezing rain and light snow (particularly in the Poconos and far northern New Jersey) is possible, according to the latest briefing package from the National Weather Service field office in Mount Holly, NJ.
The timing couldn’t be worse for holiday travelers, as forecasters are most concerned about potential impacts in the Mid-Atlantic region between Tuesday night and daytime Wednesday.
“Travel conditions will deteriorate Tuesday night as strong onshore winds and rain move into the region. These conditions will persist into daytime Wednesday, improving later Wednesday night,” the briefing package advises.
Here are the potential impacts, as stated in the latest briefing package:
Heavy rainfall is expected with rainfall amounts up to three inches possible. Roadway and poor drainage flooding is likely. There is a risk that some of the quicker responding streams and rivers may approach flood stage.
There is a threat of icing (freezing rain) from this storm. Amounts would likely be a tenth of an inch or less, and most likely in the Poconos and far northern New Jersey. Slippery road conditions are very likely with freezing rain.
Some snow is possible with this storm, especially in the higher elevations of eastern Pennsylvania and northwestern New Jersey, but that threat has diminished. Snowfall totals are expected to be under 4 inches.
Coastal flooding is still a threat with this storm, but the threat of moderate coastal flooding has diminished. Minor coastal flooding is still possible. The high tides to watch are the ones on Wednesday.
Thanksgiving and Black Friday will be dry, breezy, and cold, according to AccuWeather.com.