Last call for South Jersey snow?

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Mother Nature appears headed to round out a snowy February by rolling a string of nuisance storms at South Jersey leaving many people to wonder, “When is the last call for snow?” Unfortunately, not too many people are going to like the answer, according to long-range models that say March will indeed begin like a lion this year. The last call for snow could still be 10 days away as a result./NWS Mother Nature appears headed to round out a snowy February by rolling a string of nuisance storms at South Jersey leaving many people to wonder, “When is the last call for snow?” Unfortunately, not too many people are going to like the answer, according to long-range models that say March will indeed begin like a lion this year. The last call for snow could still be 10 days away as a result./NWS Mother Nature appears headed to round out a snowy February by rolling out a string of nuisance storms at South Jersey, leaving many people to wonder, “When is the last call for snow?” Unfortunately, not too many people are going to like the answer, according to long-range models that say March will indeed begin like a lion this year. The last call for snow could still be 10 days away as a result.

It’s 1-2-3 shots of snow

Thanks to the Polar Vortex, which has taken up residency in Canada’s Hudson Bay, several minor impulses of snow will come rolling across the Mason-Dixon Line during the next few days.

And the fun starts today, Tuesday, Feb. 25.

A batch of flurries and snow showers is rolling across extreme South Jersey this morning and shouldn’t account to much accumulation thankfully. The National Weather Service suggests less than an inch of snowfall. Today’s high will struggle to get to the middle-30s because of the Polar Vortex’s arctic influence over the region.

Wednesday’s commuter complaints

But the morning of Wednesday, Feb. 26 could be a different matter, according to the National Weather Service.

A second impulse will move across the area and drop between 1-2 inches of snow during the 7 a.m. to noon timeframe. Temperatures will be colder with South Jersey mainland highs failing to reach the freezing point and settling in at 31 degrees. That’s 33 degrees colder than Sunday’s high of 64.

Frosty Thursday

And the Polar Vortex isn’t done with us yet and our heating bills may be the one to suffer. A strong low pressure system will cross the Great Lakes during the day on Thursday, Feb. 27. However, it will bring a dry, trailing cold front will cross the Middle Atlantic States and usher in much colder weather. Early morning lower temperatures on Friday, Feb. 28 could sink to 5 degrees. Daytime highs may not reach 30 degrees -nearly 20 degrees colder than normal - as a result.

Weekend outlook

The chances for weekend snow have diminished as of the forecasts posted on Tuesday, Feb. 25. Instead, indications are a large storm will cross the area with the potential or possibility of transferring its energy to a coastal low off of the Middle Atlantic States.

While it is too early to indicate snowfall totals, the Canadian GEM model indicates the possibility for a classic I-95 snowstorm early next week. The GEM leaves the Jersey Shore with just minor accumulations.

The Candian weather model indicates the I-95 corridor could get up to 12 inches of snow during the next 10 days, thanks to a string of snow events moving across the Middle Atlantic States./Weatherbell Analytics, www.weatherbell.com The Candian weather model indicates the I-95 corridor could get up to 12 inches of snow during the next 10 days, thanks to a string of snow events moving across the Middle Atlantic States./Weatherbell Analytics, www.weatherbell.com Also, the European ECMWF model suggests a possibility for a minor snowfall late next week along the Jersey Shore.

However, the warm/cold line becomes difficult for long-range models to predict late in the winter season so next week’s event could very easily become a chilly rainstorm instead.

We will just have to wait and see with one hand on the umbrella and the other on the snow shovel.

Either way, the last call for snow is still about 10 days away…hopefully.

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