Up to 6 inches of snow in forecast: Gov. Phil Murphy Addresses NJ Winter Weather

UPDATE: Gov. Phil Murphy called for NJ to be prepared now that 16 counties have received a winter weather advisory. Here’s what to expect.

By Tom Davis, Patch National Staff | Updated
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Gov. Phil Murphy called for New Jerseyans to be prepared for the possibility of 2 to 5 inches of snow and freezing rain on Wednesday, saying the storm could be the first one in a while that impacts the whole state.

The National Weather Service also provided estimates for the snow, saying the state will get anywhere from 2 to 5 inches between 7 a.m. and 8 p.m. on Wednesday (see below). A winter weather advisory has been issued in 16 New Jersey counties, with the majority of the snow falling between 2 and 5 p.m.

“It looks like everywhere will get some snow,” Murphy said.

Here are the alerted areas:

The weather could prompt school cancellations, delayed openings or early dismissals. Several schools have changed their schedules for Wednesday already. “We encourage people to plan ahead and consider alternatives such as telecommuting, if possible,” Murphy said. “We are preparing trucks and equipment.”

Here are the estimates for the snow:

Here are the high-end predictions:

Anyone hitting the road between 7 a.m. and 8 p.m. on Wednesday should travel with extreme caution and allow extra time into their travel plans, according to AccuWeather. Along with low visibility in areas of snow, roads can quickly become slick and snow-covered, leading to treacherous conditions and traffic slowdowns.

This wintry mix will make the existing snowcover heavier and harder to clear, along with perpetuating slippery conditions on cleared roads and sidewalks, according to AccuWeather. In areas where freezing rain and wet snow accrue on trees and powerlines, snapped branches and power outages are likely.

Here is the forecast:

  • Tuesday night: Partly cloudy, with a low around 22. Northwest wind around 5 mph becoming calm in the evening.
  • Wednesday: Snow, mainly after 1pm. High near 31. Calm wind becoming southeast around 5 mph in the afternoon. Chance of precipitation is 80%. New snow accumulation of 2 to 4 inches possible.
  • Wednesday night: Snow and sleet before 10pm, then sleet between 10pm and 1am, then rain after 1am. Low around 30. East wind around 6 mph becoming light and variable after midnight. Chance of precipitation is 90%. New snow and sleet accumulation of 1 to 2 inches possible.
  • Thursday: Rain, mainly before 7am. High near 55. Light west wind increasing to 8 to 13 mph in the morning. Chance of precipitation is 80%. New precipitation amounts of less than a tenth of an inch possible.