Weather Service: 1-3 inches of snow, below-zero wind chills

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Weather conditions could get downright ugly this week, forecasters say. Chances are increasing for a plowable snowfall and below-zero wind chills beginning Tuesday across South Jersey, according to a weather outlook posted by the National Weather Service Mount Holly Forecast Center./Weatherbell Analytics, www/weatherbell.com Weather conditions could get downright ugly this week, forecasters say. Chances are increasing for a plowable snowfall and below-zero wind chills beginning Tuesday across South Jersey, according to a weather outlook posted by the National Weather Service Mount Holly Forecast Center./Weatherbell Analytics, www/weatherbell.com Weather conditions could get downright ugly this week, forecasters say. Chances are increasing for a plowable snowfall and below-zero wind chills beginning Tuesday across South Jersey, according to a weather outlook posted by the National Weather Service Mount Holly Forecast Center.

 

South Jersey snow: 1-3 inches, maybe more

 

“A general 1-3 inches is forecasted along and south of the interstate 95 corridor,” said Mitchell Gaines, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service Mount Holly Forecast Center. “There is still some uncertainty with regards to how much snow may fall. Right now there is a 10-40 percent chance of a 4-inch snowfall.”

 

Then Gaines warns, “This may change as more information becomes available and the event draws closer.”

 

The forecasting dilemma will be created by a fast-moving clipper system that will cross to the south of New Jersey during the day on Tuesday and Tuesday night, Gaines said. The trouble comes when the low reaches the Atlantic Ocean and begins to pull moisture back across South Jersey, eastern Pennsylvania, Delaware and Maryland. Cold temperatures will turn that moisture into snow.

 

“This would increase the chances for accumulating snow across southern Delaware and the Jersey Shore,” Gaines said.

 

South Jersey faces brutal cold

 

Once again, an arctic outbreak will drop temperatures into the single digits and create dangerous, below-zero wind chill readings, Gaines said.

 

“Temperatures will also be fairly cold as well behind the clipper system with lows Tuesday night in the single digits across most of the region,” Gains said.

 

High temperatures across much of the area will struggle to reach 20 degrees, Gaines said.

 

Gusty northwest winds are expected to increase to 10-15 mph Tuesday night and Wednesday with gusts to 20 mph, he said.

 

As a result, below-zero wind chills are possible late Tuesday night and Wednesday morning, Gaines said.

 

There is a silver lining, however.

 

“This is not as cold as what we saw with the last period of arctic air earlier this month,” Gaines said.

 

Snow and cold impacts

 

Roadways may become slick and snow covered with temperatures expected to be below freezing, Gaines said.

 

Motorists are reminded that roadway chemicals become less effective in extremely cold temperatures.

 

“Many locations will be in the single digits or below by Wednesday morning,” Gains said. “Water pipes may freeze and burst with the very cold temperatures expected Wednesday morning.”

 

The cold could be around for awhile, see Tuesday snow could usher in cold weather to last through February.

 

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