Highest amounts of snow 5 to 9 inches across the coast and in Ventnor.
Temperatures in the 20s on Saturday and 10-15 degrees Saturday night, with above freezing temperatures not returning until Tuesday.
Snowfall rates could reach 1 inch per hour closer to the coast.
Blowing and drifting snow develops Saturday afternoon especially along the coast where northerly winds will gust to 35 mph.
Areas of blowing and drifting snow will continue through Sunday with gusty northwest winds along with bitterly cold wind chills.
Hazardous travel is expected on Saturday. Gusty winds, especially along the coast, and times of heavier snowfall will lead to poor visibility.
Please use caution if you need to drive or walk.
Code Blue Alert
Effective 8 a.m. Saturday, January 7 through 8 a.m. Monday, January 9.
The Code Blue is being issued due to the NWS, National Weather Service, forecast that temperatures are expected to drop below freezing with wind chills in the teens and the anticipated snow associated with the Winter Storm Watch.
“This is not a time to be without shelter” said City Emergency Management Coordinator Donna Peterson adding “It can be life threatening.” During weather as we are forecasted to experience through this weekend, hypothermia can be deadly in a relatively short period of time.
Ventnor City OEM suggests those on medication ensure they have an adequate supply as travel may be extremely difficult during the cold weather event. During this dangerously frigid weather, keep pets inside and check on senior citizens who can become chilled rapidly without realizing it.
The Atlantic City Rescue Mission will receive homeless persons without shelter and both provide warm meals and sleeping accommodations.
The VCPD, when possible, will provide a ride to the shelter if so requested.