Snow accumulation is expected at less than one inch. (Courtesy of National Weather Service)

Periods of rain mixed with a dusting of snow and then gusty winds are expected at the Jersey Shore starting Tuesday and continuing through Wednesday, according to the National Weather Service.

The forecast calls for rain starting Tuesday afternoon and then a chance of snow after midnight accumulating to less than one inch.

On Wednesday, it will be mostly sunny with a high near 42 degrees. However, a west wind of 15 to 20 mph will start in the morning and increase later to 23 to 28 mph. Gusts are expected near 40 mph. It will be blustery Wednesday night.

Meanwhile, the Cape May County Office of Emergency Management advises that all municipalities in Cape May County will be under a “Code Blue” severe weather advisory from 6 p.m. Tuesday to 6 a.m. Wednesday.

Code Blue conditions are in effect when the temperature reaches 25 degrees with clear skies or 32 degrees with precipitation.

A Code Blue emergency is intended to protect homeless people living outside, on the streets, in parks or poorly insulated settings or who are at risk for cold related exposure and possible death.

People seeking shelter in a warming center should contact their local municipality. Additional resources are available by calling 2-1-1.

Additional information regarding Code Blue conditions can be found on the Cape May County Social Services website at