A monstrous storm system is moving into New Jersey today that will make driving and other activities unsafe. Here's what you need to know.

  • Torrential Downpours, Strong Winds Expected
  • Flooding Likely, Especially Along the Coast
  • Power/Internet Outages Possible
  • State of Emergency Declared
A windshield wet with rain from inside the car.
Bruce Mikells

Timeline of the Storm

Rain is expected to arrive in the Garden State between 11 a.m. and noon and will intensify as the day goes on.

The majority of the rain is expected to fall under the cover of night, causing hazardous driving conditions.

The storm is expected to move out in the overnight hours, around 4-5 a.m.

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Wind and Rain Will Be a Problem No Matter Where You Live

While the northern and western parts of the state are projected to receive more rainfall than the south and east, the Jersey Shore will experience the most severe winds, upwards of 50+ miles per hour.

North Jersey will get the worst of the storm and be most at risk for flooding, while the Jersey Shore is at risk for low-medium coastal flooding, especially at high tide. The middle to southern part of NJ could see 2-3 inches of rain and 40-50 mph winds.

Beaches are in Danger

Townsquare Media's Chief Meteorologist Dan Zarrow surmises Jersey Shore beaches will get battered by waves of up to 20 feet which could lead to significant erosion.

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State of Emergency

On Monday, as the model of this winter storm intensified, New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy declared an official state of emergency set to take effect throughout the state beginning at 5 p.m. Tuesday.

Again, the majority of the heavy rainfall is due after dark, causing visibility issues and increasing the likelihood of accidents because of wet and potentially flooded roadways, so it's best to head the Governor's warning and try and not be out on the road if you can manage it.

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