Winter Storm Watch Is On — School Day to End Early

Ocean City can expect 4 to 8 inches of snow on Tuesday, Jan. 21.

Snow covers the Ocean City Boardwalk after a storm on Jan. 3, 2014.
Snow covers the Ocean City Boardwalk after a storm on Jan. 3, 2014.
The National Weather Service issued a winter storm warning on Monday that predicts 4 to 8 inches of snow will fall on Tuesday.

With bitter cold settling in over the region, the accumulated snow will not likely go away any time soon.

The storm warning is in effect from Tuesday morning through early Wednesday morning for Ocean City and most of southern New Jersey. Snowfall is expected to begin Tuesday morning with the heaviest accumulation coming Tuesday afternoon and evening.

The Ocean City School District announced an early dismissal for Tuesday with Ocean City Primary School students going home at 1:30 p.m, Intermediate School students at 12:10 p.m. and high school students at 12:40 p.m. Atlantic Cape Community College cancelled all Tuesday classes. The Richard Stockton College of New Jersey and all instructional sites are closing at 12:30pm today. 

A noon briefing from the regional National Weather Service office in Mount Holly warned not only of the snow but of the arctic cold behind it. High temperatures for Ocean City are not expected to exceed 16 degrees on Wednesday, and with gusty northwest winds topping 25 mph, the wind chills will likely be below zero on Tuesday night and Wednesday morning.

NBC40 meteorologist Dan Skeldon is calling it a "South Jersey Special" — with coastal New Jersey expected to receive more snow than areas farther inland as a low-pressure system moves up the Atlantic Ocean. As of Monday afternoon, he suggested most of the region would see 6 to 8 inches.

Tidal flooding is not expected to accompany the storm. The moon cycle is midway between full and new, and the winds will be blowing offshore. The ocean water temperature was 39.7 degrees on Monday.

While the precipitation will end Tuesday, high temperatures are not expected to exceed the freezing mark again until Saturday (Jan. 25).
Nancy January 21, 2014 at 08:23 AM
This is about weather. Stay on topic.
CTA January 21, 2014 at 10:10 AM
Nancy, thank you for the redirect.....Vic, unless you teach or have teachers in your family, you know not of what you speak. So don't Be safe everybody , no heart attacks from moving snow! Could be a nice cross country ski day on the beach tomorrow, see ya out there!
OCnjOC January 21, 2014 at 03:02 PM
Every teacher I ever knew graded papers at home so what is the difference where they are when they do it?
vic January 21, 2014 at 04:22 PM
my mother, my wife and I were all high school teachers, so what are you going to tell me. only teachers who are completely disorganized or are getting paid for performing extra duties are still in school at 5:30pm.
Captain Joel S. Fogel January 21, 2014 at 07:51 PM
8-10 inches by morning...... On the other side of the world in Hawaii: The adventure never stops here ! Last night, as I am pulling in from my drive down from the volcanoes, Junior appears standing nearly naked in the headlights, blood dripping from his bushy dark brown beard with a home-made spear in his hands as he staggered from the banana trees. "Good God, Man" I shouted, running towards him. "Are you OK ?" He was shaking a bit. I grabbed his arm. "I just killed Godzilla's wife", he said with a stunned look in his eyes. " I have been hunting her for nearly 2 months. She was destroying our crops !" He was referring to a wild pig sow which had been rooting up the banana trees. She was about 100 pounds and her male counterpart was close to 450 pounds. "Godzilla attacked me when I killed her, but then ran off." I sat him down and poured him a glass of wine. His daughter, Ally, was preparing to butcher the pig and roast it for a luau the next day. I watched as the moon waned in the west and the tree frogs chanted their chorus of "Ko Kee". I was tired and climbed the tree house to go to bed. A gentle rain had begun to fall on the thatched roof and a cool breeze rustled the palm fronds. Capt. Fogel 1/20/14 Eating at Henry Louie's in Honolulu with Sandi, Paddy and the grandson, Lucas and Ben Just climbed Kilauea Volcano and Mauna Loa (13,000 ft + with ice on top). Now living in a tree house in a rain forest with Howler Monkeys. Eating bread fruit, papaya and avocado....sleeping to the sounds of tree frogs and walking to the sounds of roosters ! I made it to the Big Island of Hawaii on 1/10, arriving in the fragrant Plumeria-laden air at the Hilo airport after dinner in Honolulu with Sandi, Paddy and the grandson, Lucas and Ben. Next day, I drove down the SE coast to Josanna's Retreat (www.hawaiianretreat.com) , an organic fruit farm in the jungles a the foot of Mauna Kea. First night was eventful with nearly 3 inches of rain as an eastern frontal system stalled and hung over the SE point near Kalapana Black Sands Beach where the lightening and thunder ruled the night, exploding in a constant barrage of a celestial light show followed by deluges of water, like a waterfall from the mountain. The tree house shook and swayed in the wind. Next morning, the rain had stopped but the roosters crowed from 3 am til dawn, followed by a couple of Howler monkeys which had escaped from their cages and were running wild in the banyan and coconut trees, throwing guavas at me the next morning as I stooped to pick up a couple of eggs laid by a friendly hen....her partner calling her down from the platform. Beneath me, a wild pig by the name of Igor, who had tuned domestic, rooted for food and grunted in appreciation for the skins I had dropped from my bananas and papaya picked the day before. A small green Gecko with a red dot on it's head, crawled up to see what I was doing. I call him Geico. He has a girl friend and they come to visit in the morning. The place is very relaxed and for about $20/day, I get to eat all the organic fruit and vegetables I want with room and board as well....watch out for the winds when the tree sways. Next morning, I hiked down to the sea to Mermaid Baths, a series of tidal pools 2 miles down the road. The sea was rough following the storm with giant blue waves 6-8 ft. in height, crashing against the cliffs and filling the tidal pools with water. The next day, I went down to Queens Thermal Pond (Alanuhi Park) to swim in volcanoic heated waters near the sea. The sun came out for a few hours. This is the rainy season in Hawaii and the east coast is perpetually pelted with heavy rains and clouds from now through February. But just on the other side of the island, crossing over the volcanic slopes of Maunea Loa and Kiluea, the western side of the island is sunny and warm. I'll give you another update in a few days.....computer access is difficult. Capt. Fogel 1/14/2014


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