MANASQUAN - Jersey Shore residents are bracing for possible flooding as a result of a winter storm pounding the state with below freezing temperatures, high winds and snow.

The morning high tide will pose the biggest threat for coastal flooding when the wind gusts in excess of 40 mph create 7- to 8-foot waves. The storm could cause damage in areas still vulnerable after Sandy.

"It's cold, it's biting," says Jeff Prickett, of Avon-by-the-Sea. "We were walking along the boardwalk and the sand coming off the beach ... it's like sandblasting you."

The emergency system in Manasquan has been activated. Flashing lights are urging people to pay attention to the coastal flood watch in effect and to take precautions. Dredge boats were also moved out of the ocean and deep into the Manasquan Inlet in preparation for the storm.