BELMAR/LAKE COMO, NJ — Dropping temperatures throughout the day is expected to bring snow along the Jersey Shore, which may make for a messy evening commute.

The National Weather Service has declared a winter weather advisory for Monmouth County through 4 a.m. tomorrow, December 3, as light rain and drizzle is expected to change to snow by this afternoon.

While the latest forecast shows the coastal region should not be affected by significant snow bands that are to sweep across the state later today, up to two inches of snow could fall here before it’s all over later tonight.

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A coastal floor advisory also is in effect through 4 p.m. today, with minor flooding possible for coastal locations. High tide along the Belmar beachfront will be at 11:21 a.m. and along the Shark River Inlet at about 11:34 a.m.

State offices will close at noon today, due to weather conditions. This does not include essential employees, who shall remain until the normal close of business.

For a detailed summary of the National Weather Service’s latest briefing issued at 5 a.m. today, December 2, click here.

Here is the latest forecast from the National Weather Service:

Today: Rain before 1 p.m., then rain and sleet. High near 43. Breezy, with a north wind 17 to 21 mph. Chance of precipitation is 100 percent. Total daytime sleet accumulation of less than a half inch possible.

Tonight: Rain and snow, becoming all snow after midnight. Low around 32. Breezy, with a north wind 20 to 23 mph. Chance of precipitation is 90 percent. New snow accumulation of 1 to 2 inches possible.

Tuesday: Mostly cloudy, then gradually becoming sunny, with a high near 42. Breezy, with a northwest wind 18 to 20 mph.

Tuesday night: Increasing clouds, with a low around 34. West wind 9 to 16 mph.


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