NJ braces for colder air and even some snow flurries
New Jersey has seen four late October-early November snow events since 2008, and this weekend could produce number five for the northern part of the state.
Two storm systems are scheduled to combine in the form of colder air, a brisk wind, rain and even a few snowflakes for New Jersey, according to Townsquare Media Meteorologist Dan Zarrow. Light snow is more of a threat in northern New Jersey.
Residents will be impacted more, however, by the blustery wind and less than comfortable temperatures, which could struggle to reach 50 degrees both Saturday and Sunday.
Dr. David Robinson, New Jersey State Climatologist at Rutgers University, said cold and rainy weather events are not unprecedented for this time of year, but the mercury will be settling 10 to 15 degrees below average.
Zarrow and Robinson were quick to point out that the storm headed for New Jersey this weekend is miniscule compared to what hit the state on Oct. 29 and 30, 2011, when as much as 19 inches of snow fell in spots and left thousands of residents without power.
Winter haters should not take this early arrival as a sign of what's to come, according to Robinson.
"Our records show that if we have early season snowfalls in late October-early November, it does not portend a snowy winter," he said.