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Coastal Storm Briefing – 12.15.22 – 12.16.22

Highlands Emergency Management Office

EVENT SUMMARY – Wednesday PM

✔ A coastal storm is expected to bring multiple impacts to the region starting Thursday morning and
persisting through Friday
✔ Precipitation is expected to begin as a light wintry mix near the I-95 corridor and possibly into the eastern
shore of Maryland and Delaware near daybreak Thursday before switching to rain by late Thursday
morning. A light glaze of ice may occur in these areas, potentially impacting the Thursday morning
commute
✔ Precipitation is expected to begin as all snow for areas northwest of I-95, but a transition to a wintry mix then
rain will occur during the afternoon to evening. Snow will transition to a wintry mix then rain in the southern
Poconos overnight Thursday night
✔ The greatest snowfall totals are expected to be across the southern Poconos with amounts of 3-6”
expected, however snowfall up to 2” is forecast for the northwest New Jersey, the Lehigh Valley, and Berks
County. A light glaze of ice is also possible. This may impact the Thursday morning and Thursday
evening commutes
✔ Storm total rainfall of 1-2” may lead to localized minor flooding in some areas
✔ East to northeast winds of 15-25 mph with gusts 30-40 mph inland and 20-30 mph with gusts up to 50 mph
expected along the Atlantic coasts Thursday afternoon through Friday morning. Gale force winds are
expected across all Atlantic coastal waters and Delaware Bay. Gusts up to 40 mph in the higher terrain of
the southern Poconos, coupled with the snow and ice accumulation could lead to some power outages there
✔ Minor coastal flooding is anticipated to impact the high tides from Thursday afternoon through Friday
afternoon, mainly for the Atlantic coasts and western Delaware Bay coast

Coastal Storm 12.15.22 – 12.16.22

Coastal Storm 12.15.22 – 12.16.22 – Wed. update PM

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