BRIDGEWATER, NJ – The National Weather Service has issued three different weather advisories for Bridgewater, Raritan and all of 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, wind advisory and flood watch. The high wind warning has been issued because the upcoming storm is expected to have sustained winds of 20-25 miles per hour with wind gusts of up to 45 miles per hour. The strongest winds are expected to be during the day on Monday. The high wind warning is from 5 a.m. Monday until 7 p.m. Monday evening.

The flood watch is in effect Monday afternoon through late Monday night, with the heaviest rain falling Monday evening. The storm warning itself is in effect from 1 a.m. Monday to 1 a.m. Tuesday.

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The timing of the storm is eerily reminiscent of last year’s blizzard which dumped approximately almost 3 feet of snow in Bridgewater Jan. 23 to Jan. 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. The BReeze will continue to monitor the storm and provide updates when they are made available.