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Impactful storm update Dec. 22 -23

Highlands Emergency Management

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Event Summary – 12.22.22 – PM Update

Periods of rain will continue through midday Friday. The rain may be heavy at times. Storm total
rainfall of 1-3” with locally higher amounts may lead to minor flooding in some areas. Light flurries or snow showers are possible Friday afternoon as the rain ends. No significant snow or ice accumulation is expected.

South winds will increase to 20-30 mph late tonight. Gusts around 40-50 mph are expected Friday
through Friday night area-wide as a strong cold front passes through the area. Right along the cold front as it moves through on Friday, a narrow squall line could develop bringing localized
wind gusts up to 60 mph. These winds could lead to downed trees and power outages. Also, the passage of the front will bring a very sharp drop in temperatures leading to a quick freezing of
any wet surfaces. This could create very icy conditions with potentially hazardous travel.

Gale force winds are expected across all Atlantic coastal waters and Delaware Bay tonight through
Friday night. There is potential for a few gusts near 50 kts. Seas building to 9-14 feet.

Widespread coastal flooding is expected to impact the high tides Friday morning and afternoon for
the Atlantic coasts of New Jersey and Delaware, as well as the Delaware Bay coasts and tidal
Delaware River. Major coastal flooding is expected for the coastal areas of Monmouth and Middlesex
Counties in New Jersey. Minor coastal flooding is expected along the eastern shore of Maryland.

Dangerously cold wind chills as low as -20°F will develop for Friday night and Saturday night.
The coldest wind chills will occur across the Pocono Plateau Friday night. Impacts may be
exacerbated if power outages from the winds occur and these impacts last into the weekend.

JCPL Notice:  12.21.22

Monitoring Weather and Prepared to Respond

Jersey Central Power & Light (JCP&L) meteorologists will closely monitor the developing weather conditions. JCP&L is prepared to activate its storm response and Incident Command System plans.

In the event outages occur due to severe weather, customers without power are encouraged to report their outage by calling 1-888-LIGHTSS (1-888-544-4877), clicking the “Report Outage” link on, or by texting out to 544487.

Customers should immediately report downed wires to 1-888-LIGHTSS (1-888-544-4877) or call their local police department.  JCP&L reminds customers to stay away from downed wires, even if they believe they are no longer carrying electricity.  Extra caution should be used in areas where downed lines are tangled with trees or other debris.  Motorists are cautioned to treat intersections with inoperable traffic signals as four-way stops.

JCP&L customers can subscribe to email and text message alert notifications to receive weather updates in advance of major storms and updates on scheduled or extended power outages.  Visit to enroll.

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Click below to see full previous briefings


Dec 22 – 23 briefing – 12.22.22 AM briefing

Dec 22-23 storm update briefing

Dec 22-23 WInter Storm 12.21.22 – AM Update



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