Nor'easter prompts South Jersey winter storm watch

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A coastal storm system will target millions of people living across the Middle Atlantic and Northeast states has prompted the National Weather Service to issue winter storm watch for most of South Jersey./NWS A coastal storm system will target millions of people living across the Middle Atlantic and Northeast states has prompted the National Weather Service to issue winter storm watch for most of South Jersey./NWS

 A coastal storm system will target millions of people living across the Middle Atlantic and Northeast states has prompted the National Weather Service to issue a winter storm watch for most of South Jersey.

South Jersey nor'easter: 3-7 inches of snow likely

Snow along with areas of blowing and drifting snow will target the area beginning Thursday afternoon as the storm moves from the northwest to the southeast, according to the National Weather Service Mount Holly Forecast Center.

Snow accumulations of 3-7 inches will cover the area, the Mount Holly Forecast Center said in a statement issued Wednesday, Jan. 1.

“A winter storm watch means there is a potential for significant snow, sleet or ice accumulations that may impact travel,” the National Weather Service said in issuing the watch.

Winds at 15-25 mph could gust up to 35 mph, creating blizzard-like conditions during the height of the storm.

“Travel should become hazardous Thursday evening as snow begins to accumulate,” the Weather Service said. “As winds increase Thursday night, blowing and driving snow should make travel even more hazardous.”

Snow rates approaching an inch an hour are forecast, the National Weather Service said.

The winter storm watch lasts from Thursday evening through Friday morning.

The storm may start as rain, but temperatures will rapidly plummet, said Gary Szatkowski, a meteorologist with the Mount Holly Forecast Center.

Flash freezing could occur as temperatures race from the 40s down into the lower 20s during the storm, the National Weather Service said.

 

South Jersey nor'easter: Near record low temperatures

Snow will not be the only hazard with the New Year’s week nor’easter, Szatkowski said.

“Bitter cold air will sweep into the region on Thursday night and continue through Friday, Jan. 3, with near-record low temperatures expected Saturday morning, Jan. 4,” he said. “ Strong northwest winds will develop on Thursday night, continuing into Friday, resulting in considerable blowing snow. Travel will become very difficult Thursday night.”

Temperatures across the South Jersey mainland could range between 0-5 degrees on Saturday morning, according to the National Weather Service.

Multiple storm impacts

For more about the storm’s impacts, see Multiple hazards with Jan. 2-4 nor'easter

 


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