South Jersey snow: Multiple hazards with Jan. 2-3 nor’easter

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South Jersey could be affected by more than just a 3- to 7-inch snowfall during the Jan. 2-3 nor’easter, according to Gary Szatkowski, a meteorologist with the Mount Holly Forecast Center./NWS South Jersey could be affected by more than just a 3- to 7-inch snowfall during the Jan. 2-3 nor’easter, according to Gary Szatkowski, a meteorologist with the Mount Holly Forecast Center./NWS South Jersey could be affected by more than just a 3- to 7-inch snowfall during the Jan. 2-3 nor’easter, according to Gary Szatkowski, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service Mount Holly Forecast Center.

Szatkowski warns of the following combined impacts:

•Roadways where temperatures are above freezing will rapidly freeze over Thursday evening as temperatures plummet.

•Even snowfall amounts of only a couple inches can cause travel problems when winds are gusting over 30 mph on Thursday night and Friday, producing significant visibility restrictions in blowing snow. Snow will blow back onto roadways which have been plowed.

•Areas which flood from coastal flooding on Friday will ice over as the tide recedes with air temperatures in the teens and lower 20s.

•There will be a significant icing problem in coastal locations from blowing spray late Thursday night into Friday. There is the potential for significant ice accumulations.

•Roadway chemicals lose effectiveness as temperature get colder. Many locations will be in the teens on Friday as the snow ends.

•Water pipes may freeze and burst with the very cold temperatures expected at sunrise Saturday.


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