Toria Sheffield
March 01, 2018 1:14 pm

By now, most everyone on the East Coast is well aware that a nor’easter is headed their way. The storm — also known as Winter Storm Riley — is expected to bring extremely high winds, flooding, and a snowy, wintery mix to many places along the coast. Tons of flights have already been cancelled, and people are stocking up on supplies should the power go out.

And many in the Garden State are currently wondering: Will the nor’easter be coming to New Jersey?

As you might expect, the answer is yes. According to NJ.com, the National Weather Service has issued a wind watch from 7 a.m. Friday, March 2nd until 7 a.m. Saturday, March 3rd, and winds may reach speeds as high as 60 MPH. Residents are warned to be cautious of downed trees and power lines, and you should stabilize anything that can be blown away or cause damage.

Will there be rain?

Also, yes. NJ.com also notes that nearly all of the state will get between one and two inches of rain, with some areas getting as much as three inches, and flood warnings will be in effect. Flooding is expected to be worse along the Jersey Shore “during high tides between Thursday night and Saturday morning,” and they noted that Cape May County may see the worst of it.

Will there be any snow?

While much of the state is not expected to get snow as temperatures are predicted to stay in the upper 30s and 40s in most counties, a few parts of the state can definitely expect a wintery mix. There’s expected to be “one to two inches of snow in Warren and Sussex Counties, and four to six inches in higher elevations of Passaic County. ”

However, they also note that temperature predictions could change as the storm approaches, potentially altering the above. However, strong winds are for sure, so definitely be careful.

Stay safe out there!

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