WEATHER ALERT: Winter storm expected to impact area Wednesday and Thursday


Officials with the National Weather Service are now predicting that a winter storm will impact the area between Wednesday and Thursday, March 6 and 7. According to the NWS on Tuesday:

• Low Pressure from the Midwest is expected to intensify along the Virginia coast late Tuesday night, then move only slowly east-northeast through Friday, providing the region with a prolonged period of onshore flow.

• Moderate tidal flooding is expected along the Atlantic Coast in both both New Jersey and Delaware, and in the Delaware Bay and Raritan Bay, with pockets of major flooding possible, especially along the New Jersey coast. Minor tidal flooding is expected along the eastern shore of the Chesapeake Bay and Delaware River. Tides to watch are Wednesday afternoon and late Wednesday night, but some minor tidal flooding is even possible as early as the Wednesday-morning high tide. Coastal flood watches have been issued.

• Winds could gust to 60 mph along the Delaware and southern New Jersey coasts. Gusts in the 35 to 45 mph range are possible further inland, even in eastern Pennsylvania. High Wind Watches may be needed.

• Based on current model tracks, up to 2 inches of liquid equivalent precipitation (if it all fell as rain) is expected in southern Delaware and Talbot and Caroline counties in Maryland, with about a half-inch expected in the southern Poconos and northern New Jersey. Final tallies will be highly dependent on the final track of the storm, officials said.

• Mainly rain is expected in far southern New Jersey and along the New Jersey and Delaware coast. However, a complex mixture of rain and snow is expected inland. Up to 6 inches is possible in interior sections of the Delmarva and southeast Pennsylvania. Some forecasts predict 1 to 2 inches of snow in the Coastal Point's readership area, while others predict only rain.

Winter Storm Watches have been posted and expanded for portions of the Mount Holly weather forecast area. It is expected to be a heavy, wet snow, which combined with strong winds, could bring down trees and power lines, officials warned.

• No river flooding is expected from this event.

• Check the following Web site for up-to-date information: www.weather.gov/phi

A detailed briefing package for this storm event is also available at: www.erh.noaa.gov/phi/briefing/packages/current_briefing.pdf.