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Winter Storm to Bring High Winds and Heavy Rains to Somerset County on Jan. 23

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SOMERSET COUNTY, NJ – The National Weather Service has issued three different weather advisories for North Plainfield and Somerset County. The advisories are for a winter storm that is barreling up the east coast with damaging winds and torrential rains.

Somerset County is under a storm warning, high wind warning and fog warning. The high wind warning has been issued because the upcoming nor’easter is expected to have sustained winds of 30-40 miles per hour with wind gusts of up to 60 miles per hour. The strongest winds are expected to be during the day on Monday. The high wind warning is from 3 a.m. Monday until 9:00 p.m. Monday evening.

NOAA prediction for Basking Ridge

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The National Weather Service's specific prediction for Basking Ridge calls for a 100 percent chance of rain on Monday during the day and Monday night, with rain to begin mainly after 8 a.m., when many people will be making or beginning their morning commute. Rain is expected to be heavy at times, and the day's high is predicted to be near 38.

The day is expected to be breezy, with an east winds of 22 to 24 m.p.h., with gusts as high as 45 m.p.h., and winds expected to continue into the night. New precipitation amounts between a half and three quarters of an inch possible during the day, according to NOAA's prediction as of Sunday for Basking Ridge. Rain, although not as heavy, is expected to continue through Tuesday.

The timing of the storm is eerily reminiscent of last year’s blizzard which dumped approximately 24 inches of snow in North Plainfield on Jan. 23 to 24.This year, however, temperatures and the storm track have meteorologist predicting a high wind rain event.

The winds are expected to cause significant power outages due to downed tree limbs and power-lines. TAPinto North Plainfield will continue to monitor the storm and provide updates when they are made available.

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