NEW JERSEY — Multiple New Jersey schools will be closed Monday and others have canceled after-school activities in a rare move ahead of a powerful nor'easter forecast to hit the tri-state area with hurricane-force winds offshore and heavy rains threatening coastal flooding.
It is uncommon for New Jersey schools to close, according to the Hudson Reporter . Campuses shuttered for Hurricane Sandy and one of two days due to blizzards, but not for heavy showers.
The decisions came hours ahead of a storm expected to bring winds of 30 to 40 miles per hour with gusts up to 60 miles per hour across eastern New Jersey.
A flood watch and winter weather advisory have also been issued in the state, warning of 1 to 3 inches of rain and 2 to 4 inches of snow and sleet.