Winter Storm warning for South Jersey

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The National Weather Service has upped its call on the mid-week nor’easter from a winter storm watch to a winter storm warning for all of South Jersey except for Cape May County./NWS The National Weather Service has upped its call on the mid-week nor’easter from a winter storm watch to a winter storm warning for all of South Jersey except for Cape May County./NWS The National Weather Service has upped its call on the mid-week nor’easter from a winter storm watch to a winter storm warning for all of South Jersey except for Cape May County.

The winter storm warning is in effect from 7 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 12 through 1 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 13, according to the National Weather Service Mount Holly Forecast Center.

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

South Jersey snow totals

The National Weather Service has upped its call on the mid-week nor’easter from a winter storm watch to a winter storm warning for all of South Jersey except for Cape May County./NWS The National Weather Service has upped its call on the mid-week nor’easter from a winter storm watch to a winter storm warning for all of South Jersey except for Cape May County./NWS The National Weather Service is calling for storm snow totals to reach 4-6 inches west of Route 50 in Atlantic County. East of Egg Harbor City and Mays Landing, snowfall totals will drop quickly. Areas along the immediate coast are expected to receive less than an inch, according to the National Weather Service.

More than 10 inches of snow could fall west of I-95, said Joe Miketta, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service Mount Holly Forecast Center.

“Snowfall rates of 1 to 2 inches per hour are possible late Wednesday night and early Thursday morning,” he said. “This will be a wet, heavy snow that will cling to trees and wires.”

A coastal low will climb the coast between Wednesday and Thursday evening./NWS A coastal low will climb the coast between Wednesday and Thursday evening./NWS Snow timing

The storm will begin as all snow after the Wednesday rush with the first flakes coming no earlier than 8 p.m., Miketta said. The snow will change over to a snow and sleet mix early Thursday morning. By mid-day Thursday, the precipitation is expected to be all rain.

The changeover to all rain should occur sooner near the ocean, he said.

The Thursday morning commute could be significantly impacted, the Weather Service said. Winds ranging from 15-25 mph could gust to 35 mph. Winds could be strong enough to enough Thursday to bring down tree branches which could lead to power outages.

Miketta warns that a slight change in the path of the storm could greatly change snowfall totals.


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