National Weather Serivce: Significant winter storm on the way

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Major weather forecasters now agree that a significant winter storm on Monday will impact the area from West Virginia through South Jersey with periods of rain and snow./NWS Major weather forecasters now agree that a significant winter storm on Monday will impact the area from West Virginia through South Jersey with periods of rain and snow./NWS Major weather forecasters now agree that a significant winter storm on Monday will impact the area from West Virginia through South Jersey with periods of rain and snow.

Monday morning March madness

Eastern Pennsylvania and South Jersey will be under the gun during the overnight hours of Sunday, March 2 through the daytime of Monday, March 3, according to Gary Szatkowski, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service Mount Holly Forecast Center.

“Significant amounts of snow, sleet and freezing rain are possible with this storm,” Szatkowski said in a briefing posted at 4 p.m. Friday, Feb. 28.

“Eight-plus inches of snow are expected where the heaviest snow band sets up,” he said. “There will be significant amounts of

sleet just to the south of the heavy snow band.”

In a changing forecast, the National Weather Service is calling for 6-8 inches of snow near Philadelphia with greater amounts to the north and west of the city. The bulk of South Jersey could receive 4-6 inches. Areas of Cape May County, however, migh get as little as 2-4 inches of snow from the storm.

There is the potential for up to one-tenth of an inch of icing cause by freezing rain, he said. The icing is expected to the south of where the heaviest snow band sets up.

As a result of the snow and icing, it is likely that both the Monday morning and Monday evening commutes will be impacted by the storm, Szatkowski said.

Rain to snow

It’s likely that the warmer air to the south will mix with the precipitation which could fall as rain on Sunday. Though Sunday’s high temperatures could reach the upper 40s, Monday’s high temperature will fail to reach 30 degrees. As a result, the rain will changeover to snow. Areas closer to the Jersey Shore are likely to receive less snow than areas along the I-95 corridor.

However, this is a changing forecast that should be monitored throughout the weekend.

 

 

 

 


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