The National Weather Service out of Mount Holly issued a Winter Storm Watch just before 3:30 p.m. Tuesday afternoon, March 5.
The watch will be in effect for most of southern New Jersey, including Atlantic County and Coastal Atlantic County Wednesday afternoon through late Wednesday night, and the current forecast calls for between 2 and 4 inches of snow Wednesday night.
Precipitation is expected to begin before dawn on Wednesday, and fluctuate between snow and rain throughout the day. It is expected to be all snow closer to Wednesday evening. Temperatures are expected to be in the mid-to-upper-30s.
Earlier in the day, the NWS issued a Coastal Flood Watch, which has since been upgraded to a Coastal Flood Warning, and a High Wind Watch, which has been upgraded to a Wind Advisory, for parts of southern New Jersey, including Coastal Atlantic County.
The Flood Warning is in effect between 1 a.m. and 8 a.m. on Thursday. The Wind Advisory is in effect on Wednesday, between 7 a.m. and 6 p.m.
Winds are expected to blow northeast at 20 to 30 miles an hour, with gusts up to 50 miles an hour, and the strongest winds are expected Wednesday morning into the mid-afternoon hours. The NWS warns winds could take down tree limbs and power lines, and cause power outages.
Atlantic City's high tides are 2:45 p.m. Wednesday, when a tide level of 6.5 feet is expected; and at 3:01 a.m. Thursday, when tide levels are expected to reach between 7.5 and 8 feet.
The storm could be the first big storm since Superstorm Sandy hit the area in October.