Weekend South Jersey snow flurries might signal a change to a stormier time

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Though this weekend’s snow flurries aren’t going to lead to any real significant accumulation in South Jersey, they might signal a weather pattern change that could lead to stormier times, according to the National Weather Service’s extended forecast models./NWS Though this weekend’s snow flurries aren’t going to lead to any real significant accumulation in South Jersey, they might signal a weather pattern change that could lead to stormier times, according to the National Weather Service’s extended forecast models.?NWS

Where there are snow flurries, there could be snowstorms.

Though this weekend’s snow flurries aren’t going to lead to any real significant accumulation in South Jersey, they might signal a weather pattern change that could lead to stormier times, according to the National Weather Service’s extended forecast models.

South Jersey snow flurries

A freight train of clipper systems will begin moving through the Great Lakes, Middle Atlantic and New England systems during the overnight hours of Thursday, Jan. 17 and Friday, Jan. 18, according to the National Weather Service.

A clipper system low pressure area will seemingly cross the coast every other day or so through the next week. However, each passing clipper system will dive a little bit further south. As it does so, each one will bring in slightly colder temperatures.

As a result, daily readings will continue to drop further below the seasonal norm of about 40 degrees for mid-January.

By the last week of the month, most of the eastern portion of the United States will have a 90 percent chance of being colder than normal, according to a NOAA National Climate Data Center 8- to 14-day outlook.

South Jersey weekend snow flurries

This weekend’s brush with snow flurries could leave a dusting to a tenth-of-an-inch of snow on the ground well inland during the weekend of Jan. 18-19. Anything that falls should melt because daily high temperatures should reach the 40-degree neighborhood on both days.

South Jersey mid-week snow menace

A passing clipper system will provide a chance of a minor 1- to 2-inch snowfall between Tuesday and Wednesday, Jan. 21-22, according to the National Weather Service forecast model. The exact timing of when the snow will fall will become clear over the weekend.

Much of the eastern portion of the nation will have a 90-percent chance of below normal temperatures during the last week of January./NWS Much of the eastern portion of the nation will have a 90-percent chance of below normal temperatures during the last week of January./NWS End of the month snow for South Jersey?

If forecast models are correct, all of the clipper action culminates with a Jan. 28-29 coastal nor’easter that could cradle a 3- to 4-inch snowfall for South Jersey, according to ECMWF long-range model forecast posted on Jan. 16.

However, the ECMWF forecasts the same storm could deliver 10-18 inches of snow along the Appalachian Mountains and also along an area about 50-miles out over the Atlantic Ocean.

It seems that New Jersey will be saved from the excessive snowfall. For once, it’s really good to live in New Jersey, according to forecast models.

The NWS and Canadian long-range models won’t pick up on any end-of-the-month South Jersey snow possibilities for a few days yet.

By early next week, however, we should be able to see the main weather forecast models battle it out over the end-of-the-month snowfall.

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