PISCATAWAY, NJ – There may be some relief for the drought conditions in Central New Jersey this week as a cold front swings east tonight, and a potential weekend hurricane may take aim at New Jersey.
Periods of heavy rain are forecast to begin tonight as a front moves to the east and, depending on the trajectory of Tropical Storm Joaquin, maybe more extremely wet weather may be on tap this weekend, according to the National Weather Service in Mount Holly.
A total of four to six inches of rainfall are possible during that time, according to the NWS.
The heavy rains may produce inland, river and flash flooding, and winds may pick up during the week with gusts of 40-plus M.P.H., according to the latest NWS advisory.
Compounding the rainy forecast this week, is the formation of Joaquin, which is now centered about 405 miles east of the Northwest Bahamas, according to the NWS advisory at 6 p.m. Tuesday.
The storm is currently moving west-southwest at near 5 M.P.H., and is expected to continue on that course for the next couple of days.
According to the NWS, U.S. Air Force Hurricane Hunter aircraft flying into the storm have clocked maximum sustained winds of 65 M.P.H. with higher gusts reported.
The storm is expected to strengthen during the next 48 hours and could turn into a hurricane by Wednesday, officials said.
It is also expected to track almost straight north, putting it on a possible collision course with the Northeast Coast, and specifically, New Jersey.