Tuesday, March 20, 2018
A winter storm warning has been issued for our area beginning at 6 PM this evening, Tuesday, March 20, through 2 AM on Thursday, March 22 with the potential for a wintry mix of rain, sleet and accumulating snow, strong winds with gusts up to 50 mph, and minor to moderate coastal flooding that may make travel difficult and result in widespread power outages.
While there remains some uncertainty about the amount of snow accumulation, there appears to be little doubt that the storm will impact our area with some form of precipitation over the next 24 hours.
Atlantic County public work crews are prepared to salt and brine roadways in preparation of any snow accumulation. Crews treated raised road surfaces and bridges earlier today to prevent overnight freezing. Precipitation is expected to begin as rain mixing with wet snow and sleet through Tuesday before changing over to all snow by mid to late morning on Wednesday. Gusty winds may cause blowing snow and reduced visibility in some areas. Motorists are urged to exercise caution and to stay well behind salt trucks and snow plows.
Moderate flooding is possible with the Wednesday morning and evening high tides around 11 AM and PM respectively along the coast and 1-2 hours later along the back bays. Those who live in areas that typically flood should consider moving their vehicles to higher ground. Motorists should make every effort to avoid driving through flood waters and seek alternate routes rather than risk travel on flood-prone roadways such as the Black Horse and White Horse pikes in and out of Atlantic City.
Residents in need of assistance during the storm should contact their local office of emergency management. Contacts numbers are available on www.ReadyAtlantic.org, and in the phone book.
Life-threatening emergencies should be reported to 9-1-1.
For more storm preparation information, visit: http://www.readyatlantic.org/prepare/winter.asp
COUNTY CLOSINGS – Atlantic County Senior Centers will be closed on Wednesday, March 21, however home-delivered meals are still scheduled to be provided.