As if New Jersey needed another weather event so close to Hurricane Sandy, a nor’easter is barreling toward the Garden State.
Gloucester Township, however, should escape any major effects from the storm, according to the latest data from the National Weather Service. But get ready for a possible wintry mix. The National Weather service issued an advisory for our area from 6 a.m. Wednesday, Nov. 6, to 6 a.m. Thursday, Nov. 7.
Rain, sleet and snow are predicted to start falling Wednesday afternoon, with it turning to all snow by 1 a.m. Thursday. Add in sustained winds of 18 to 23 mph and gusty winds of nearly 50 mph, and Wednesday could turn into a slippery mess. The high temperature on Wednesday is expected to hit 40 degrees, with 1-2 inches of accumulation of snow and sleet. (Editor's note: accumulation updated Wednesday afternoon based on new forecasts from the National Weather Service.)
On Thursday, the best chance of precipitation—likely just rain—is before 1 p.m. It will warm up to 47 degrees and winds will die down to 17 mph, the National Weather Service predicts. By Friday, it will be sunny and in the 50s.
Even with the promise of gross weather, our area will fare better than coastal New Jersey, which will likely get socked with the nor’easter while still reeling from Sandy. Brick Township even ordered a mandatory evacuation of certain areas ahead of the storm.
Coastal communities can expect some moderate flooding, especially on flood-prone streets, the National Weather Service said. Flooding could get worse if the water don’t recede between tides.
There is also some concern for inland waterways, particularly tributaries of the Delaware River, which could flood during the storm. Any debris floating in the waterways from Sandy could exacerbate problems.
Bad weather won’t be a concern for Gloucester Township Public Schools or Black Horse Pike Regional School District students, at least. Schools in both districts are closed for teachers' in-service days the rest of the week.