In what could be a one-day preview of potential nor'easters this fall, the Shore area will be socked with some possibly heavy rain and tidal flooding today, forecasters say.
"There is the potential for heavy rain as a strengthening area of low pressure and a cold front move through the region," a forecast from the National Weather Service office in Mount Holly said early Wednesday morning.
The forecast called for possible thunderstorms and strong winds. Minor tidal flooding is also possible, the forecast said. By Wednesday night, as much as 2.5 inches of rain could fall.
The local marine forecast calls for seas to build from 4 to 6 feet early Wednesday to 5 to 8 feet in the afternoon. South winds could be sustained to 35 knots in the afternoon. A small craft advisory is in effect.
Thursday's forecast calls for windy conditions, with gusts up to 40mph. Seas are forecast to run 6 to 9 feet Thursday.
Wednesday's high tides include:
- Atlantic Highlands: 1:00 p.m.
- Sandy Hook (Shrewsbury River): 1:10 p.m.
- Oceanic Bridge (Navesink River): 2:23 p.m.
- Red Bank (Navesink River) 2:27 p.m.
- Sea Bright: 2:25 p.m.
- Gooseneck Point Bridge: 4:02 p.m.