Ocean City Schools to Close on Monday as Winter Storm Approaches

first_imgAll Ocean City schools will be closed on Monday (March 3) as a winter storm threatens to dump as much as a foot of snow on the island.New weather forecasting models updated on Sunday show the potential for a significant snowfall for Ocean City and southern New Jersey on Monday.A National Weather Service winter storm warning is in effect from 9 p.m. Sunday  through 4 p.m. Monday.The latest forecast predicts 6 to 12 inches of snow will accumulate in Ocean City on Monday after precipitation starts as rain, freezing rain and sleet on Sunday night. Snow forecast maps released by the NWS on Saturday had called for 10 to 14 inches. Wind gusts up to 40 mph out of the north are possible on the coast late Sunday night through Monday. The marine forecast suggests winds will be strong enough to send a light freezing spray onto the island.With a new moon having passed on Saturday, minor tidal flooding is possible with the highest tides expected at 9:32 a.m. and 9:55 p.m. on the bay side of Ocean City, where flooding is usually worse. Residents on low-elevation streets may want to consider moving their vehicles to higher ground.Near record cold will follow the storm with the low temperature on Monday night predicted at 11 degrees. Philadelphia is just 6 inches shy of the second snowiest winter on record (65.5 inches in 1995-96). As in most winters, the coastal region saw less snow. Atlantic City International Airport in nearby Egg Harbor Township has recorded 28.2 inches this winter.The Ocean City Police Department reminds residents that all parked cars must be removed from the entire length of West Avenue (snow emergency route) when the roadway is covered by snow. Violators will be ticketed.The ocean water temperature is 36.9 degrees, and for summer lovers, there are just 84 days until the start of Memorial Day Weekend.last_img read more