Winter Storm Update: 12 Things to Know
Here’s the latest update on tonight’s winter storm, which looks as though it will bring a mixed bag of snow, ice, and rain to the Garden State through Monday.
UPDATE as of 4:20 PM on Sunday...
No big changes to the forecast for our impending storm, as we are now just a few hours away from first flakes and drops. The Midwest has already gotten pummeled by this storm, and now it's our turn to experience a wide range of winter weather conditions across New Jersey.
I created a new feature forecast graphic (below), highlighting the weather hazards expected from this storm.. The overnight and morning hours will bring the heaviest precipitation, and I continue to be particularly concerned about the icing threat through Central Jersey.
If you have to get to work or school on Monday morning, or have any travel plans throughout the day, it's important to check current weather and road conditions before heading out.
12 Things to Know About Tonight's Winter Storm
- The National Weather Service has issued a Winter Storm Warning and a Winter Storm Advisory for almost the entire state. The Warning is in effect for the areas with the highest probability of significant snow and ice accumulations. The less-severe Advisory is for areas where marginal snow and ice is expected. Only Cape May County seems to be immune from the wintry impacts.
- First snowflakes and raindrops are expected as early as 6 p.m. Sunday.
- The precipitation starts to get heavy in the early morning hours on Monday. So, assuming the game doesn’t go into overtime, getting home from Super Bowl parties could be a bit slippery, but not impossible.
- The Monday morning commute looks potentially hazardous, given the snow and ice. Maybe an excuse to enjoy a morning/day off after the Super Bowl?
- As temperatures hover on either side of the freezing mark across New Jersey, conditions will differ vastly across the state.
- Far North Jersey will be mostly snow, with some heavy accumulations expected. Far South Jersey will be mostly rain.
- Remember the ice storm from two weeks ago, when freezing rain caused incredibly slippery and dangerous driving (and walking) conditions across the state? That same phenomenon could occur for a short time during this storm, especially in the central part of the state.
- Snow accumulations should range from little to none in the south, to over 8 inches to the north. Ice accumulations of 0.10” to 0.25” will also be possible.
- Some of the snow accumulation may wash away during the day Monday if temperatures warm and snow changes to rain. We could also see a layer of ice accumulate on top of the cold snow.
- The weather will stay messy all day on Monday, whether it be snowy, icy, or just wet. Everything finally tapers off by midnight.
- Be ready for some frigid temperatures to settle in after this storm departs. Tuesday morning’s low temperatures will be in the single digits for most of New Jersey.
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