NJ Weather: Latest Snow Forecast Maps for the Far Northeast, Blizzard Warnings, Damaging Winds
Get those snowblowers ready. National Weather Service forecasters still forecast a blockbuster snowstorm to hit most of New Jersey Friday night through Saturday night and is likely to blast the Jersey Shore with wind gusts of 45 to 50 mph and up to 12 to 18 inches of snow.
Five counties — Atlantic, Cape May, Monmouth, Ocean and the southeast Burlington area — are under a rare blizzard warning from 7 p.m. Friday to 7 p.m. Saturday, while most of the rest of New Jersey is under a blizzard warning. winter storm.
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The normally snow-covered counties of Sussex and Warren will miss heavy snow with this particular storm, forecasters say. This area of the state is subject to a winter weather advisory from 7:00 p.m. Friday to 3:00 p.m. Saturday.
No blizzard warnings have been issued in New Jersey since early January 2018, when a powerful northeast dumped 12 to 18 inches of snow across a wide swath of the Jersey Shore.
The storm brewing Friday evening will begin to intensify around midnight and become very intense as its central pressure drops as it moves up the Atlantic, where the center of the storm is expected to drift about 200 to 300 miles east. east of the Jersey Shore.
Forecasters said pressure from the storm is expected to drop quickly enough to reach “bombogenesis” status, also known as a “bomb cyclone.”
“It’s definitely going to be a bombogenesis event,” said Jonathan O’Brien, forecaster at the National Weather Service’s regional office in New Jersey. “It will strengthen extremely rapidly off our coast tonight through tomorrow morning.”
O’Brien said the storm will remain intense as it moves east into New England, where it could be a major blizzard.
In its latest forecast, as of 5:30 p.m. Friday, the weather service said there will be a steep slope near or just northwest of the Interstate 95 corridor, with large snowfall totals expected to the south. and east of I-95 and lower totals likely north. and west of the corridor.
“Blizzard conditions are expected near the coast, with strong gusty winds, reduced visibility and snowfall of 10 to 15 inches,” the weather service said, noting that steady winds from the north and north -west from 30 to 40 mph will blow up to 45 to 50 mph along the Jersey Shore.
Further inland near the I-95 corridor, the storm is expected to generate steady winds of 20 to 30 mph and gusts up to 40 mph, the weather service said.
Because the freezing air will keep the snow light and powdery, the wind will create dangerous whiteout conditions for drivers by blowing snow onto the roads, forecasters said.
Not only will the Jersey Shore face heavy snowfall and possible power outages, but also the risk of flooded streets.
“Minor coastal flooding is expected Saturday morning along the New Jersey and Delaware coasts, with moderate flooding in Cape May,” the weather service said. The likelihood of moderate flooding prompted the agency to issue a coastal flood warning for Cape May County, effective from 2 a.m. to 10 a.m. Saturday.
“One to two feet of flooding above ground level is expected in low-lying areas near shorelines and tidal waterways,” the weather service noted. “At this level, widespread road flooding is occurring in coastal and bayside communities and along inland tidal waterways. Many roads become impassable. Some damage to vulnerable structures may begin to occur.
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