South Jersey faces a foot of snow, winter storm warning

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An clipper system will bomb out along the Jersey Shore today, turning into a major snow-making storm that could drop up to a foot of snow across many of the Middle Atlantic States, according to the latest National Weather Service statement./NWS An clipper system will bomb out along the Jersey Shore today, turning into a major snow-making storm that could drop up to a foot of snow across many of the Middle Atlantic States, according to the latest National Weather Service statement./NWS

A clipper system will bomb out along the Jersey Shore today, turning into a major snow-making storm that could drop up to a foot of snow across many of the Middle Atlantic States, according to the latest National Weather Service statement.

Middle Atlantic States under the gun

Areas from northern Maryland, Delaware, eastern Pennsylvania, all of New Jersey and New York are under the gun and under a winter storm warning that lasts from 10 a.m. today through 6 a.m. Wednesday morning.

The warning calls for 8-12 inches of blowing and drifting snow, the National Weather Service said. Snow could begin as early as this morning and last throughout the day. The snow could end as early as midnight.

Areas of snowfall banding could set up along the New Jersey Turnpike, increasing snowfall totals in that area to more than a foot. However, areas of banding could former almost anywhere bet I-95 and the Jersey Shore.

The snowfall’s leading edge was located west of Philadelphia at 7:30 a.m. Tuesday, Jan. 21 and should reach the Jersey Shore and ocean by about 1 p.m. this afternoon. Conditions will rapidly deteriorate during the afternoon.

Cold temperatures settle in

The temperatures are expected to remain in the upper-20s before falling into the teens and single digits overnight. Cold weather and temperatures as much as 20 degrees below normal is expected through Friday, the Weather Service said.

Nor’easter off the coast

What was once thought to be an insignificant clipper system will cross into the Atlantic and “bomb out” into a nor’easter. Gale warnings are in effect over the Atlantic Ocean.

Northeast winds of 15 to 25 mph will gust from 35-45 mph creating blizzard conditions at time, especially during the heaviest snowfall periods later this evening.

Travel will become increasingly more hazardous during the day as the winds pick up and combine with heavier snowfall rates, the Weather Service said. The afternoon and evening rush hours will be very difficult to drive in.

Below-zero wind chills

Winds will shift to the north and northwest over night and bring in below-zero wind chills for Wednesday morning when a wind chill advisory is in place.

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  Snowfall totals could reach 14 inches in areas where snow bands form./NWS Snowfall totals could reach 14 inches in areas where snow bands form./NWS

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