Snowstorm update: Winter storm warning issued for South Jersey

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 South Jersey and most of the Middle Atlantic States is under a winter storm warning for heavy blowing and drifting snow and “impossible” driving conditions during the day on Tuesday, Jan. 21, according to the National Weather Service Mount Holly Forecast Center. New snowfall totals indicate South Jersey residents could get more than a half-foot snow that could combine with gusty winds to create blizzard-like conditions.




Winter storm warning


The National Weather Service Mount Holly Forecast Center has issued a winter storm warning for snow from 10 a.m. Tuesday, Jan. 21 through 6 a.m., Wednesday, Jan. 22.


The warning calls for accumulations of 5-9 inches.


“A winter storm warning means significant amounts of snow are expected,” the National Weather Service said. “Strong winds are also possible. This will make travel very hazardous or impossible.”


The snow will begin after the morning commute, the National Weather Service said. Snow will overspread South Jersey from the west and intensify during the day.




South Jersey snowstorm: The worst falls during the afternoon


The heaviest of the snow is expected during the afternoon hours on Tuesday and should last through the evening, the National Weather Service said.


Snowfall could reach rates of about an inch an hour.




Snow covered roads will create slippery and hazardous driving conditions.


Blowing and drifting snow will create areas of low visibility, especially later Tuesday afternoon and night, the Weather Service said.




Gusty winds could create blizzard conditions


Needless to say, the Tuesday late-afternoon commute will be significantly affected.


Northeast winds from 15-25 mph will gust up to 35 mph Tuesday afternoon, creating blizzard conditions.


The winds will shift out of the north and northwest Tuesday night.


Temperatures will hover in the 20s through most of Tuesday before falling through the teens and single digits Tuesday night.




Cold wind chills


The falling temperatures and increasing wind speeds will combine to create wind chills of around 10 degrees on Tuesday afternoon before dropping to a negative-10 degrees on Tuesday night.





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