NJ weather: Snow, dangerous ice, wind gusts up to 50 mph in latest forecast for nasty winter storm
While most of New Jersey will see at least a brief flurry of snow with some accumulations up to 4 inches from a winter storm expected to hit Sunday evening, accompanying wind gusts of up to 50 mph and the potential for a dangerous layer of ice from freezing rain in northwestern counties could be the most significant impact.
The National Weather Service expanded winter weather advisories early Sunday to include seven counties: Hunterdon, Morris, Somerset and Warren counties (6 p.m. to 1 a.m.); Sussex (6 p.m. to 4 a.m.); Passaic County West (6 p.m. to 6 a.m.); and Mercer County (4 p.m. to 10 p.m.)
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Areas under the advisories could see 1 to 4 inches of snow and a dangerous 0.1 inch layer of ice. North Sussex County could see up to 0.25 inches of ice, the weather service said.
“Winter precipitation from this afternoon through early Monday could lead to hazardous travel conditions, particularly tonight when precipitation is snow or changes to a wintry mix of sleet and freezing rain,” he said. the weather service said in its latest storm briefing.
“Most areas along and northwest of the I-95 corridor will begin with a brief period of snowfall,” according to the weather service. “However, the precipitation is expected to quickly (within hours in many locations) change to a winter mix and possibly rain.”
The storm’s inland track along the I-95 corridor will spare New Jersey the higher snowfall totals expected in upstate New York and parts of New England, according to AccuWeather.com .
“Along the I-95 corridor, where the center of the storm is likely to follow, warm air is expected to be drawn in from the Atlantic Ocean which will bring rain for most of the storm,” said AccuWeather in its morning forecast. update.
The heaviest rainfall is expected Monday night.
Wind advisories and coastal flood advisories have also been expanded to include counties along the Jersey Shore, Raritan Bay and the Hudson River. Coastal flooding is expected to be minor, but the Jersey Shore could experience the strongest wind gusts and the potential for power outages.
The weather service expects “sustained winds around 20-30 mph with gusts in the 40-50 mph range. The highest wind speeds are likely to be along the coast. There remains potential for gusts to nearly 60 mph in these areas. »
The strongest gusts of wind are expected in a 3 to 6 hour window Sunday evening.
New Jersey is off to a cold start on Sunday with sub-zero temperatures in Sussex County and single-digit numbers across much of the state and teens up to 20 along the Jersey Shore at 8 hours of the morning. Temperatures will climb steadily throughout the day ahead of the storm.
It will remain cloudy Monday for most of the state with persistent gusty winds. Temperatures will drop into the low 20s on Monday evening.
A cold front from Wednesday evening through Thursday could include a “quick blow of snow” mixing with rain, the weather service said. But there is development potential for a bigger snowstorm next weekend.
“A coastal storm can affect the region on weekends or early weekends,” according to the National Weather Service. “Stay tuned.”
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