Expect 6 to 12 inches of snow in half the state. Latest updates on changing forecasts.
A shifting winter storm that prompted forecasters to repeatedly revise forecasts overnight and this morning is underway in New Jersey with the latest update calling for 6 to 12 inches of snow across the northern half of the state and at least some snow falling Tuesday across southern counties.
An updated forecast map released at 6:15 a.m. by the National Weather Service dramatically expands the area that could see 8 to 12 inches of snow to include much of the area north of I-78 including Sussex and Warren. Morris, Union, Essex and Bergen. and Hudson Counties. Up to 18 inches of snow is possible in Sussex County, the weather service said.
Additionally, some counties south of I-195 could get between 2 and 4 inches of snow in the latest forecast, with lighter amounts further south.
Rain will continue to turn to snow in central New Jersey through the morning.
“It’s turning out as we expected, but it’s a mess,” Gov. Phil Murphy told WCBS 880 in a radio interview. “The morning commute was our big concern and that’s why we closed government offices. If you can stay at home, it’s a good day to sit and work at home. I think this will continue until midday and then we worry about ice, slush and other impacts.”
Officials have deployed 2,500 pieces of snow removal equipment, Murphy told CBS-2 in a separate interview.
Hundreds of schools announced closures or delayed openings across the state. New Jersey has imposed a ban on commercial vehicles starting at midnight, and state offices will close Tuesday at 10 a.m., Gov. Phil Murphy announced.
The snow is expected to continue falling “until midday” before quickly ending, with some solar peaks possible later this afternoon, the National Weather Service said.
Road travel is expected to be difficult and power outages likely as a result of heavy wet snow and gusty winds along the Jersey Shore that could reach speeds of up to 45 mph.
A winter storm warning is in effect for 13 counties Tuesday: Bergen, Essex, Hudson, Hunterdon, Mercer, Middlesex, Morris, Passaic, Somerset, Sussex, Union, Warren and West Monmouth.
Winter weather warnings were issued in several other provinces.
Additionally, coastal flood warnings have been issued for Atlantic, Burlington, Cape May, Middlesex, Monmouth and Ocean counties, and wind warnings have also been issued for coastal portions of Atlantic, Cape May, Monmouth and Ocean – where winds could reach as high as 45 mph during Tuesday storm.
AccuWeather.com is calling for 6 to 12 inches in northwest New Jersey and amounts up to 6 inches elsewhere.
NJ Transit is honoring rain tickets, buses and special buses on Tuesday due to the weather. More than 400 flights were canceled from Newark Liberty, LaGuardia, John F. Kennedy and Philadelphia airports, according to FlightTracker.com.
Winter storm warnings
Hunterdon, Somerset, Middlesex, Monmouth West, Mercer: Snowfall is expected to range from 4 to 8 inches with winds gusting up to 35 mph. The storm warning lasts until 3 p.m
Sussex, Warren and Morris: 6 to 8 inches of snow. More than one inch per hour can fall during the morning peak. The storm warning ends at 3 p.m
Hudson, East Passaic, East Bergen, Essex and Union: Snowfall is expected to range from 5 to 8 inches. The storm warning ends at 6 p.m
West Passaic, West Bergen: Four to seven inches of snow is expected. The storm warning lasts until 6 p.m
Winter weather warnings
East Monmouth, Salem, Gloucester, Camden, Northwest Burlington and Ocean: 1 to 4 inches of wet snow with wind gusts up to 45 mph through 3 p.m.
In Atlantic and Cape May counties, 1 to 1.5 inches of rain is expected with wind gusts up to 30 mph.
For the rest of the state, temperatures near 40 degrees will cause some snow to melt, but anything left untreated will freeze overnight as temperatures drop into the 20s, the weather service said.
Expect dry days with some sun on Wednesday and Thursday. Temperatures will be in the mid to high 30s to around 40 degrees on Wednesday and low to mid 40s on Thursday. Some rain and light snow is possible Thursday night into Friday but accumulation is not expected
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