New Jersey Weather: Winter storm warnings issued for 6 counties, with heavy snow and icy roads expected
Winter storm warnings have been issued for six counties in central and southern New Jersey as the state braces for up to 6 to 8 inches of snow in some areas and potentially dangerous travel conditions across much of the state on Friday.
The National Weather Service said the warnings go into effect at 4 a.m. Friday and last until 10 p.m. Friday in Burlington, Camden, Gloucester, Monmouth, Ocean and Salem. Most other counties in the Garden State remain under winter weather advisories, due to lighter snow expected.
Many areas under warnings could get 3 to 6 inches of snow from Friday’s storm, forecasters said late Thursday afternoon.
“Travel may be very difficult,” the weather service said in its storm warnings. “Hazardous conditions may affect morning or evening commuting.”
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Although some snow flurries may fall Thursday afternoon or Thursday night, as a result of a weak disturbance unrelated to the new storm, the bulk of the snow will fall Friday afternoon and Friday evening.
This will be the second winter storm to impact New Jersey this week, with the previous storm dropping 2 to 3 inches of snow, sleet and freezing rain late Monday into Tuesday afternoon. Some cities picked up nearly 4 inches of snow in that storm.
The National Weather Service is calling for widespread totals of 2 to 5 inches — with isolated pockets of 6 to 8 inches possible in central and southern parts of the state if heavy bands of snow develop in those areas Friday.
AccuWeather.com meteorologists expect 1 to 3 inches of snow in the northern third of the state, and 3 to 6 inches in the rest of New Jersey.
With some snow and ice already on the ground from the storm that hit earlier this week — and lingering freezing temperatures from an Arctic air mass — the weather service says roads could remain icy and cause “significant travel disruptions” on Friday. Even the weekend.
The new layer of snow will likely make for more slippery roads Friday night and through the overnight hours as temperatures drop into the teens before a very cold Saturday with highs only reaching the 20s. Meteorologists say wind chill readings will be in the single digits, thanks to gusty winds coming from the northwest, which will cause some snow to fall.
“Winds will gradually decrease somewhat Saturday evening, but a cooler night is expected, with wind chills dropping below zero,” the National Weather Service said.
The weather service says light snow will begin spreading across eastern Pennsylvania and southwestern New Jersey around 4 a.m. Friday, then drift north and east across the region between 4 a.m. and 7 a.m.
“Snow will increase in intensity in the late morning and afternoon, and snowfall rates are expected to range from 1/2 to 3/4 inch per hour,” the NWS Mount Holly Forecast Office said. “The snow will gradually taper off from west to east by late Friday evening.”
Areas under winter storm warnings
- Camden, Gloucester, Salem and northwest Burlington Counties are under a winter storm warning from 4 a.m. to 10 p.m. Friday, with total snow accumulations of 5 to 6 inches expected by the National Weather Service.
- Monmouth County It is under a winter storm warning from 4 a.m. to 10 p.m. Friday, with total snow accumulations of 6 to 7 inches expected by the weather service.
- Ocean County and Southeast Burlington Counties are under a winter storm warning from 4 a.m. to 10 p.m. Friday, with total snow accumulations of 4 to 6 inches expected by the weather service.
Areas subject to winter weather advisories
- Atlantic and Cumberland Counties are under a winter weather advisory from 4 a.m. to 10 p.m. Friday, with total snow accumulations of 2 to 4 inches expected by the National Weather Service.
- Cape May County It is under a winter weather advisory from 4am to 10pm Friday, with snow accumulations of up to 2 inches expected by the weather service. “Rain will mix with snow on Friday near the coast.”
- Bergen, Essex, Hudson, Passaic and Union All counties are under a winter weather advisory from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Friday, with total snow accumulations of 2 to 3 inches expected by the weather service.
- Hunterdon, Mercer, Middlesex, Morris, Somerset, Sussex and Warren All counties are under a winter weather advisory from 4 a.m. to 10 p.m. Friday, with total snow accumulations of 3 to 5 inches expected by the weather service.
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