Heavy rain, strong winds and poor travel conditions in New Jersey
A powerful storm system moving from the west will bring heavy rain, gusty winds and chaotic driving conditions to New Jersey on Tuesday and Wednesday morning, setting the stage for pre-Thanksgiving travel delays on the road and in the air.
While most areas of the state are expected to be drenched in heavy rain for the first time in several weeks, a brief mix of light snow, sleet and rain may fall in higher areas of northwestern New Jersey and northeastern Pennsylvania, according to the British Daily Mail. Steven DiMartinoa forecaster for the private NY NJ PA Weather company.
DiMartino said people driving in those areas should be careful, especially when the rain first falls, between 2pm and 5pm on Tuesday. After that, the warm air should turn the freezing precipitation into normal rain, but the rain will begin to increase in the evening and night, he added.
Heavy rain is expected across much of the Garden State from Tuesday night until early Wednesday morning before tapering from west to east until mid-morning to late, the National Weather Service said. Wind speeds are likely to range from 30 to 35 mph, and gusts of up to 45 mph cannot be ruled out near the coast.
As of Monday evening, no official wind warnings or flood warnings had been issued in New Jersey. But meteorologists say some trees could be damaged by gusty winds, and up to 2 to 3 inches of rain could fall before the downpour ends at midday Wednesday.
Meteorologists said that drivers may have to face moderate rain and gusty winds during their commute on Tuesday evening, and additional rain during their commute on Wednesday morning.
“High east-southeast winds averaging 25-35 mph with gusts of 40-45 mph could pose a problem at some airports from Washington, D.C., to Philadelphia and the United States,” AccuWeather said in a report on the storm. New York”. Its website. “Airline delays during this time (late Tuesday afternoon and Tuesday evening) are likely due to wind, heavy rain and poor visibility.”
For Thanksgiving travelers heading north and west from New Jersey late Tuesday and early Wednesday, “motorists should expect some roads to become slippery, especially above the highest elevations in northern Pennsylvania and southern New York, but far north of Upstate and upstate New York. Winter driving is likely to be more general in New England with accumulating snow, AccuWeather forecaster Adam Doty said.
The good news: Thanksgiving looks like it will be a dry day, with mostly sunny skies, though temperatures will be on the cool side. Forecasters expect morning lows to be in the low 30s on Thursday and afternoon highs to be in the low 50s — near normal for late November.
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