New Jersey will get a double-shot of winter weather over the next several days — the coldest conditions in months on Friday and then a likely long-duration nor’easter snowstorm that begins Sunday and might drop as much as 8 inches of snow on the state by Monday evening, according to the National Weather Service.
While AccuWeather.com said that the storm could deliver as much as a foot of snow to parts of New Jersey by the time it moves out on Tuesday, the National Weather Service’s first projections only run until 7 p.m. Monday. The storm is expected to linger through Tuesday morning, so the next forecast update from the weather service should provide a more complete snowfall projection.
The current outlook from the weather service’s New Jersey office expects the majority of the state to receive 4 to 6 inches with a pocket in southern Middlesex, western Monmouth and western Ocean counties getting 6 to 8 inches.
Usually-harder hit northwestern New Jersey is shown with 1 to 3 inches by Monday evening, with coastal areas of Atlantic and Cape May getting mainly rain.
Accuweather’s snowfall forecast map, however, shows North Jersey getting 6 to 12 inches, with 3 to 6 inches along the I-95 corridor. Both forecasts note the uncertainty in snowfall amounts with the storm still a few days out. Forecasters again noted that a shift in the track of the storm will affect where the rain/snow line sets up.
Snow should begin falling lightly on Sunday afternoon and evening — less than an inch is expected before midnight. Expect bands of moderate to heavy precipitation during the overnight into Monday as two low pressure systems come together off the coast, the weather service said in its Friday morning forecast discussion.
Strong winds will also be a factor during this storm with forecasters saying an advisory might be issued for coastal area.
In the meantime, New Jersey will deal with frosty conditions on a sunny, blustery Friday. Wind chill values are in the single digits as of 7 a.m. and won’t climb much through the day — temps will make it into the 20s but wind gusts of 35 to 45 mph will make it feel quite a bit colder.
A wind advisory has been issued until 4 p.m. Friday by the National Weather Service’s New York office for Bergen, Essex, Passaic, Union and Hudson counties.
Temperatures Friday night into Saturday will dip into the single digits in northwestern areas and will only be a few degrees warmer elsewhere.
Saturday will again be sunny and cold though winds will diminish considerably and it won’t feel nearly as cold. Highs again will only be in the 20s.
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