Freezing rain impact grows with Tuesday evening’s storm

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Saying “respect the snow, but fear the ice,” the National Weather Service Mount Holly Forecast Center said there is a greater risk of a high impact icing event beginning later tonight./NWS Saying “respect the snow, but fear the ice,” the National Weather Service Mount Holly Forecast Center said there is a greater risk of a high impact icing event beginning later tonight./NWS Saying “respect the snow, but fear the ice,” the National Weather Service Mount Holly Forecast Center said there is a greater risk of a high-impact icing event beginning later tonight.

Ice impact rises

“(There is) Significantly greater risk of high-impact icing event due to freezing rain,” said Gary Szatkowski, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service Mount Holly Forecast Center. “Travel difficulties extremely likely, impacts to infrastructure due to ice on tree limbs and power lines now a possibility.”

Szatkowski issued a weather event briefing at 1:30 Tuesday, Feb. 4 and cautioned that more briefings might be posted because of quickly changing conditions.

Snow is forecast to begin late Tuesday night over much of the Middle Atlantic States.

As warmer air moves to the northeast, the snow will change to freezing rain and finally to all rain on Wednesday morning when the temperature lumbers above the freezing mark.

Unlike the heavy snows that punished much of the I-95/New Jersey Turnpike corridor on Monday, Feb. 3, tonight’s event will be a icing event, Szatkowski said.

Ice totals

“Many locations will see over one-tenth inch ice accumulation,” he said. “Some locations will see ice accumulation around one-quarter inch. There is a slight probability of icing amount over one-half inch, which would cause major problems due to ice accumulation on tree limbs and power lines.”

Areas along the Jersey Shore might see no icing, he said. However, residents in western Atlantic, Cape May, and Burlington counties could receive a trace to one-tenth of an inch of ice caused by freezing rain.

“Any amount of freezing rain can cause slippery roadways and sidewalks, resulting in difficult travel conditions,” Szatkowski said. “Amounts over one-quarter of an inch start to cause concerns about damage to tree limbs and power lines due to the weight of the ice.”

Many areas to the west of Philadelphia could receive more than three-quarters of an inch of ice, he said. Areas of western New Jersey along the New Jersey Turnpike could get between one-quarter to one-half an inch of ice building from freezing rain.

Winter storm advisory in effect for Atlantic County

A winter storm warning remains in effect for western, central and northern New Jersey away from the coast.

Atlantic, Cumberland, and Ocean counties remain under a winter weather advisory.

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