The snow threat has increased, and the storm is expected to be bigger than we originally thought.
Express News Global
Updated: February 8, 2017 8:24 am ET
New Jersey: A snowstorm that will easily be the biggest New Jersey has seen this winter is coming, and its putting the state in its bulls eye.
As many as 6 to 12 inches could fall, and strong winds could knock out power, possibly leading to road closings, speed limit restrictions, school closings, delayed openings or early dismissals. The storm is expected to hit as early as Wednesday night or Thursday morning.
The National Weather Service has issued a winter storm warning – the highest threat level for snow – for all New Jersey counties except for Atlantic, Cape May and Cumberland. A winter weather advisory has been issued for those counties.
Ironically, temperatures could hit the 60-degree range on Wednesday, but a cold front is expected to push through. The winter storm warning will be in effect from 10 p.m. Wednesday until 5 p.m. Thursday.
Timing: Snow will quickly develop from west to east after Midnight tonight. However, it will start as rain from about the I-95 corridor eastward, with a transition to snow from northwest to southeast early Thursday morning. The change over to snow will likely occur quickly in the I-95 corridor by Thursday at daybreak. It will take longer though to change over to snow on Thursday near the southern New Jersey coast and Delmarva.
Warnings: The earlier winter storm watches have been upgraded to winter storm warnings. Winter weather advisories have been issued for far southeastern New Jersey, central Delaware and portions of the Eastern Maryland shore.
Hazards/Impacts: Heavy snow, poor visibilities and dropping temperatures will make travel dangerous.
Amounts: Snow will fall at a rate of up to 2 inches per hour in the warned areas from about 3 a.m. to 10 a.m. Thursday from west to east, with even some thunder possible.
Newark Liberty International Airport airlines have warned people that flights could be canceled, and they’re offering waivers.
High impact event for travel especially for the Thursday morning commute. Temperatures are expected to quickly drop to freezing or lower late tonight and early Thursday morning from west to east for much of the region. This along with heavier snow and initially milder road surfaces may result in snow quickly becoming packed to the road surface. Temperatures will drop into the teens Thursday night with any slushy or untreated wet surfaces freezing up.
The snow should be wet in consistency and therefore will tend to stick to trees and power lines, possibly resulting in some power outages. North to northwest winds will increase late tonight and Thursday with gusts in the 30-35 mph range.