Slow clearing possible Saturday; minor tidal flooding could continue all weekend

     Beach erosion during Friday afternoon's high tide at Seven Presidents Oceanfront Park in Long Branch. (Photo: Mark A. Costa/Mark Costa Photography via Jersey Shore Hurricane News)

    Beach erosion during Friday afternoon's high tide at Seven Presidents Oceanfront Park in Long Branch. (Photo: Mark A. Costa/Mark Costa Photography via Jersey Shore Hurricane News)

    After days of raw weather from a lingering coastal storm, a slight improvement is possible Saturday, while Sunday will be the pick of the weekend.

    As high pressure in New England begins to build back toward New Jersey, the coastal storm off Virginia will head further south, according to the National Weather Service.

    But the continuing onshore flow could retain overcast conditions and drizzle, especially along the coast. The further north you live, the more likely that conditions will be improving.

    The entire area should see much nicer conditions Sunday as the coastal storm is pushed even further away. 

    With northeasterly winds, minor tidal flooding is expected to continue from Ocean County to the south, prompting the National Weather Service to extend the Coastal Flood Advisory for those areas until 6 p.m. Saturday. 

    Minor coastal flooding occurred along the entire coastline Friday, with Jersey Shore Hurricane News contributors reporting beach erosion in Long Branch, Ortley Beach, and Stone Harbor. There were no reported instances of ocean waves breaching dunes. 

    Widespread minor tidal flooding is expected during the afternoon high tide cycle Saturday and may also occur Sunday. 

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