MERCER COUNTY, NJ – A “major" nor'easter hit the Mercer County area on Wednesday.
The National Weather Service labeled the "major" system a "nor'easter" since it's expected to produce strong, sustained damaging winds and precipitation over a 24-hour period on Wednesday.
Snow began piling up Lawrenceville, Princeton, Hamilton and other towns, as flurries started around 1:30 p.m.
Matt Orendac sent is this view from Hamilton (Mercer County), NJ where he says the snow is "really starting to pile up now." He adds, "...it's freezing out there too but I love it."#NJwx pic.twitter.com/VGTIg5XwQf
— the Weatherboy (@theWeatherboy) December 16, 2020
County Sheriff Jack Kemler asked residents to have a plan in place to prepare for the storm, should households lose heat, power, or communications for an extended period.
"Be particularly mindful of any family pets in the outdoor weather. I urge local residents to check in on elderly, special needs, or disabled neighbors to make sure they are safe and have an adequate supply of necessities," he said in a Facebook post.
WINTER STORM PREPAREDNESS Depending on the track of the storm, a major Nor'easter is likely to bring significant...
Posted by Mercer County Sheriff's Office - Jack Kemler, Sheriff on Tuesday, 15 December 2020
Accident in West Windsor:
An accident on Cranbury at Perry Dr. caused a downed utility pole across the road. Cranbury road has been closed until further notice. The road conditions continue to deteriorate, said West Windsor police.
Here were expected snow totals:
State officials said they have more than 400 pieces of road equipment available to make the roads safe, even though fewer people are taking to the roads because of the coronavirus outbreak.
AccuWeather was saying the system could be the "most significant winter storm in several years," one that could potentially become highly impactful and disruptive as the first round of coronavirus vaccines continue to be shipped around the country.
AccuWeather warned of major disruptions to travel and even travel shutdowns, as well as shipping delays, school closings and power outages from this "blockbuster storm," – even though a number of New Jersey school districts have said they'll opt to go remote instead of closing.
Here is the forecast in Mercer County:
Wednesday night: Snow before 1o p.m., then snow and sleet between 10 p.m. to 4 a.m. Snow likely after 4 a.m. The snow and sleet could be heavy at times. Low around 29. Northeast wind 20 mph, with gusts as high as 35 mph. Chance of precipitation is 100 percent. New snow and sleet accumulation of 4 to 8 inches possible.
Thursday: A chance of snow before 10 a.m., then mostly sunny, with a high near 35. North wind 15 to 20 mph, decreasing to 10 to 15 mph in the afternoon. Chance of precipitation is 60 percent. New snow accumulation of less than 1 inch possible.
Thursday night: Mostly cloudy, with a low around 17.