BELMAR/LAKE COMO, NJ — Expect the bitterly cold temperatures to stick around for a while. In fact, the National Weather Service predicts that the thermometer will not rise above the freezing mark until sometime next week.

While snow is likely today, December 30, with accumulation of up to 3 inches now forecasted throughout Monmouth County.

Despite the sustained cold snap that has gripped New Jersey, most lakes and other bodies of water in Monmouth County are not frozen enough for safe skating, including Silver Lake in Belmar. Skating is not permitted at any time on Lake Como, according to borough officials.

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Although the ice on lakes and other bodies of water may look thick enough in some places, local emergency services personnel warn it is not — and it can easily be fallen through. Their message: Stay off the ice.

At Silver Lake, the red flag indicating skating is prohibited is currently flying along the banks at South Lake Drive and B Street. If and when the police department determines the lake can safely be skated upon, a green flag will rise and residents will be notified via Code Blue that skating is permitted, according to Business Administrator Colleen Connolly.

The N.J. Office of Emergency Management (OEM) encourages people to “be a good neighbor and check on those vulnerable to the cold.” Anyone in need of a warming center can call 211 or visit NJ211 by clicking here.

Before getting into a vehicle, check for animals in the wheel arches and other warm hiding places, and pet owners are reminded to bring their pets indoors.

For complete checklists on dealing with the cold — from dressing for the outdoors to warming your home safely—visit the OEM’s website by clicking here.

The latest forecast from the National Weather Service:

Today
Snow, mainly after 10 a.m. High near 28. Light southwest wind becoming west 9 to 14 mph in the morning. Winds could gust as high as 25 mph. Chance of precipitation is 90 percent. Total daytime snow accumulation of 1 to 3 inches possible.
Tonight
A chance of snow showers, mainly before 7pm. Partly cloudy, with a low around 18. Northwest wind around 16 mph, with gusts as high as 28 mph. Chance of precipitation is 30 percent. New snow accumulation of less than a half inch possible.
Sunday
Mostly sunny, with a high near 21. Blustery, with a northwest wind 17 to 20 mph.
Sunday Night
Mostly clear, with a low around 7. Wind chill values as low as -10. Northwest wind around 18 mph.
New Year's Day
Sunny, with a high near 20. Blustery, with a northwest wind 18 to 22 mph.

 

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