Yup, it’s windy — High Wind Warning continues Monday
Clearly, New Jersey's big story of the day is that ferocious wind, which has been howling consistently since Sunday evening. Did it wake you up? Did you experience a momentary (or long-term) power hit? Did your garbage can run away? Impacts are going to range from a nuisance (due to power outages), to a hindrance (when you're driving), to an outright danger (due to falling branches and trees).
As of this writing, New Jersey's top wind gust overnight has been 57 mph at Fortescue (Cumberland County), Lower Alloways Creek Township (Salem County), and Pittstown (Hunderdon County).
Sustained winds of 20 to 30 mph with regular gusts of 40 to 60 mph will continue for most of your Monday. A High Wind Warning is in effect for all 21 counties of New Jersey (and Bucks County) until 6 p.m. This is a westerly wind, so driving on north-south highways (where the wind hits you broadside) might be a challenge — especially if you're in a "high-profile vehicle" like a van or truck. Watch out for fallen twigs, sticks, branches, and trees. Scattered power outages are likely too.
Temperatures will settle in the lower 40s or so by Monday afternoon. The wind chill ("feels like" temperature) will be stuck in the 20s all day. It'll be sunny.
Winds will finally lighten up a bit Monday evening — definitely becoming less gusty than the rest of the day. Lows dip into the lower 20s. I calculate the wind chill will fall to around 10 degrees.
Let's call Tuesday just breezy, with sustained winds of 10 to 20 mph. Still plenty of sunshine, and still pretty chilly. Highs will only reach the upper 30s to around 40 — 5 to 10 degrees below seasonal normals.
Wednesday also looks cold, with highs limited to the mid to upper 30s. Skies will become mostly cloudy very early on. In addition, our next storm system will come into view late Wednesday through early Thursday. We've been watching this setup for about a week, but it is not any sign of big concern. Spotty showers will pass through New Jersey. And it could be cold enough for a bit of wintry mix. So there could be a few isolated slippery spots. That's it.