Windswept rain to begin the weekend at the Shore

Data from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration shows 33 inches of precipitation pummeled Philadelphia between January and July. (Creative Commons image)

Data from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration shows 33 inches of precipitation pummeled Philadelphia between January and July. (Creative Commons image)

A rainstorm will impact the Jersey Shore during the first half of the weekend, forecasters say.

A coastal low pressure system will approach the New Jersey area Friday night, pass through the region on Saturday, and move away Saturday night, according to the National Weather Service.

The forecasters advise of northeast winds gusting to 30 to 50 miles per hour, with the strongest during Friday night and Saturday morning, and heavy rain, which may result in localized flooding.

NOAA advises that rain will begin to taper off later in day on Saturday.

Widespread minor tidal flooding is likely during the Saturday morning high tide. In Long Beach Island southward, moderate tidal flooding is possible during the same tide cycle.

Forecasters say they will fine tune the coastal flooding forecast over the next two days.

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