Anywhere between 3 inches to a foot of snow is expected to fall across most of New Jersey from Sunday night through Tuesday morning, as forecasters and private meteorologists are calling for our first nor’easter to hit the state this year.
As of Friday, forecasters predicted 8 to 12 inches of snow to fall across central and southwestern New Jersey, while the northern part of the state is likely to see between 3 and 8 inches, according to the latest snowfall projection from the National Weather Service.
In southeastern New Jersey, from southern Ocean County south to Cape May, where rain is expected to mix in with snow for much of the storm, 3 inches or less is expected. For central and northern New Jersey, the story is very much different: Heavy snow.
A winter storm watch was issued Friday afternoon for much of central and southern New Jersey, including Middlesex, Monmouth, Mercer, Gloucester, Camden, Burlington, Ocean and Atlantic counties.
The National Weather Service in Mount Holly stressed that there is still a great deal of uncertainty in the storm’s expected path and a “shift in this track could bring the heavier snow amounts either farther north or farther south towards the coast with less mixing occurring.”
Along with the heavy snow, powerful winds gusting to 50 mph along the Shore and coastal flooding are also threats with this multi-day storm, forecasters said.
The heaviest snow is expected to fall on Monday, with snowfall rates potentially reaching an inch per hour in some areas.
When the storm hovers over the state, coastal flooding is expected to be a significant issue during this time, due to the storm’s slow speed resulting in prolonged northeastern winds. Gusts up to 45 mph will create hazardous high tides across the New Jersey coastline. (Click to Source)