Mariners should expect choppy coastal waters through at least Thursday morning, forecasters say.
A strong southerly flow ahead of a slowly approaching cold front from the west is expected to create hazardous small craft boating conditions. Then later in the workweek into the weekend, long period swells from distant Hurricane Gonzalo are expected to impact coastal waters.
In response, the National Weather Service has issued a Small Craft Advisory for coastal waters out 20 nautical miles from Sandy Hook to Great Egg Inlet from 6 p.m. Tuesday until 6 a.m. Thursday and Great Egg Inlet to Cape May from 11 a.m. Tuesday until 6 a.m. Thursday.
Mariners should be prepared for sustained south to southeast winds at 10 to 20 knots, with gusts up to 25 or 30 knots, and seas between four and seven feet, according to the bulletin.
“A Small Craft Advisory means that wind speeds of 25 to 33 knots and or seas of five feet or greater are anticipated,” the bulletin advises. “Winds and seas within these ranges are expected to produce hazardous conditions for small craft. Inexperienced mariners, especially those operating a smaller vessel, should remain in port during the advisory period.”