Toms River officials are monitoring an approaching storm and warn that flooding in susceptible areas is likely.
According to the National Weather Service, the storm will likely develop near the Carolinas during the day Thursday and work its way to our area through Friday night. The storm will likely bring a mix of potential snow, sleet and rain as it moves on its path.
"The township is monitoring the prospect of flooding very closely," said Public Information Officer Debbi Winogracki. "All emergency services are on alert, as well as police, the Department of Public Works and the Office of Emergency Management."
OEM Director Paul Daley indicated that it is "very likely" land near the Barnegat Bay could flood. Those areas have become more prone to flooding since Superstorm Sandy struck, as officials have said sand and other debris were deposited in the bay.
Daley recommended that those in a flood-prone areas move cars to higher ground and do not drive on flooded streets should waters rise.
A Storm Watch is in effect for coastal waters from Manasquan Inlet to Little Egg Inlet from Friday afternoon through Saturday afternoon. Wind gusts could reach about 50 m.p.h., though currently only minor tidal flooding is forecast. Offshore wave heights could reach 10 feet.
The amount of snow could vary depending on the track and speed of the storm but the most recent forecast predicts between 2 and 6 inches in Ocean County. The heaviest snow will likely fall in northwestern New Jersey and into the Poconos according to the watch.
In Toms River, salt trucks, plows and crews are "ready to go" should snow accumulate, according to DPW Director Lou Amoruso. Private contractors remain on standby should they be needed to help clear streets.
The township advised residents to monitor NOAA.gov for developments on the storm's path.