Winter storm warning issued for 4-8 inches of snow

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A winter storm warning has been issued for all of New Jersey as a line of snow approaches the Garden State as workers prepare to take the late-afternoon commute home and a weekend of wicked winter weather. By the time temperatures return to normal on Sunday, Jan. 5, South Jersey residents may have witnessed blizzard-like conditions, record low temperatures and more than a half of a foot of snow, the Weather Service says./NWS A winter storm warning has been issued for all of New Jersey as a line of snow approaches the Garden State as workers prepare to take the late-afternoon commute home and a weekend of wicked winter weather. By the time temperatures return to normal on Sunday, Jan. 5, South Jersey residents may have witnessed blizzard-like conditions, record low temperatures and more than a half of a foot of snow, the Weather Service says./NWS

A winter storm warning has been issued for all of New Jersey as a line of snow approaches the Garden State and workers prepare for the evening commute home and a weekend of wicked winter weather.

By the time temperatures return to normal on Sunday, Jan. 5, South Jersey residents may have witnessed blizzard-like conditions, record low temperatures and more than half a foot of snow, the National Weather Service says.

“The storm has the potential to produce 6-plus inches of snow mainly during tonight, with those higher amounts most likely in the Poconos, suburbs north of Philadelphia and much of New Jersey,” said Gary Szatkowski, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service Mount Holly Forecast Center.

The National Weather Service has issued a winter storm warning for New Jersey, calling for 6-8 inches of snow north of the Atlantic City Expressway and 4-6 inches of snow south of the Expressway.

“Strong northwest winds will develop tonight, continuing into Friday, resulting in considerable blowing snow. Travel will become very difficult tonight,” he said.

Winds from 15-25 mph with gusts up to 35 mph could create blizzard-like conditions during the worst of the snowstorm, which is likely to occur during the overnight hours.

The snow could be finished by midmorning Friday, Jan. 3 with bright sunshine expected to appear later in the day.

However, cold arctic air will invade the East Coast as the snow arrives.

“Temperatures will drop rapidly tonight into Friday,” Szatkowski said. “Subzero wind chills are likely late tonight into Friday across the area. Low temperatures Saturday morning will be mainly in the single digits, with subzero temperatures in the Poconos and northern New Jersey.”

The National Weather Service is forecasting below-zero wind chills across Atlantic County at 7 a.m. Friday, Jan. 3.

Somewhat normal conditions could return by Sunday with South Jersey mainland high temperatures approaching 40 degrees, according to the National Weather Service.


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