The latest storm forecast calls for 4 to 6 inches of snow in parts of the state on Friday
Drivers and airline passengers may face more travel headaches Friday, as meteorologists now expect the latest winter storm to bring as much as 4 to 6 inches of snow to a large area of central and southern New Jersey.
The National Weather Service has issued winter weather warnings for 15 counties.
Three to four inches of snow is expected in many northern counties, along with the southwestern region of the state, and two to three inches of snow is expected in the far northwest and near the Jersey Shore.
With snow and ice already on the ground from the storm that hit Monday and Tuesday — and freezing temperatures persisting due to an Arctic air mass — the weather service says roads could remain icy and cause “significant travel disruptions” on Friday as well as Saturday.
“Temperatures will quickly drop into the low 20s late Friday night,” the weather service said in a winter weather advisory issued Wednesday afternoon. “Any untreated roads will become icy and dangerous.”
The winter weather advisory covers Atlantic, Burlington, Camden, Cumberland, Gloucester, Hunterdon, Mercer, Middlesex, Monmouth, Morris, Ocean, Salem, Somerset, Sussex, and Warren counties, effective Thursday midnight through 7 p.m. Friday.
AccuWeather forecasters are predicting only 1 to 3 inches of snow across New Jersey due to the latest winter storm.
This will be the fifth storm – rain or snow – to affect New Jersey in less than three weeks.
The National Weather Service’s New York office, which covers northeastern parts of New Jersey, expects only 2 to 3 inches of snow in Bergen, Essex, Hudson, Passaic and Union counties. However, these numbers can go higher, or even lower, depending on how strong the storm system is and how close it is to the coast.
“The path and intensity of a long area of low pressure tracking south of the region on Friday will be critical to the location and duration of the snow bands,” the office said in a news conference about the storm on Wednesday.
“A drop closer to the coast will lead to higher snowfall totals” in the New York metro area. “A path away from the coast will result in little or no accumulation.”
The deep freeze continues
New Jersey is in the middle of a deep freeze, with bitterly cold air coming in from the Arctic front. Temperatures dropped into the single digits in northwestern parts of the state Wednesday morning and remained in the 20s in every county Wednesday afternoon.
Meteorologists say the cold air will continue through the weekend.
“Saturday, temperatures will be very cold, with highs only in the mid 20s, with areas in the Poconos and northwest New Jersey remaining in the 10s,” the National Weather Service’s Mount Holly forecast office said in an email. “Gusty northwesterly winds on Saturday will bring extreme wind chills (single digits) and snowfall.”
In late January, New Jersey typically sees daytime highs in the upper 30s to lower 40s and overnight lows in the mid 20s to upper 20s. Despite the blast of Arctic air, record lows are not expected to be reached this weekend.
Newark’s record low for Jan. 20 is minus 3 degrees, Atlantic City’s record low for the date is minus 4 degrees and Trenton’s record is minus 8 degrees, according to weather service data. All these records were set in the same year – 1985.
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