Ocean County escaped a Winter Storm Watch that is in effect for neighboring Monmouth County, however forecasters are still predicting a strong coastal storm will affect the region later this week.
According to the National Weather Service, the storm will likely develop near the Carolinas during the day Thursday and work its way to our area through Friday night. The storm will likely bring a mix of potential snow, sleet and rain as it moves on its path.
The amount of snow could vary depending on the track and speed of the storm but the most recent forecast predicts between 2 and 6 inches in Ocean County. The heaviest snow will likely fall in northwestern New Jersey and into the Poconos according to the watch.
The concern in the Shore area, however, isn't the snow.
A Storm Watch is in effect for coastal waters from Manasquan Inlet to Little Egg Inlet from Friday afternoon through Saturday afternoon. Wind gusts could reach about 50 m.p.h., though currently only minor tidal flooding is forecast. Offshore wave heights could reach 10 feet.