NJ snowfall estimates increase ahead of weekend nor’easter; 18 inches possible at Shore

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The amount of projected snowfall along the Jersey Shore this weekend is now expected to reach up to 18 inches, according to revised estimates Thursday night from the National Weather Service in Mount Holly.

The amount of anticipated snow accumulation has also increased for the rest of the state. Interior parts of South Jersey are presently in line to see up to a foot of snow. Cities and towns along the Delaware River could get up to 6 to 8 inches. Anywhere from 4 to 7 inches could fall over North Jersey this weekend. The more northwest one goes, the less snowfall is expected, according to the weather service.

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All of the state’s counties along the Atlantic Ocean — from Monmouth to Cape May — are now under a blizzard warning effective from 7 p.m. today to 7 p.m. Saturday. Most of New Jersey — which had been under a winter storm watch on Thursday night — is now under a winter storm warning as of Friday morning.

The gale warning previously issued to marine traffic off the northern coast of New Jersey was also upgraded to a storm warning overnight.

Additionally, a coastal flood advisory will be in effect from 3 a.m. to 9 a.m. Saturday for the tidal areas of Ocean, Burlington, Atlantic and Cape May counties. A coastal flood advisory means that minor tidal flooding is expected.

Motorists in those regions are advised not to park their vehicles in areas that are prone to tidal flooding and not to drive under any circumstances through flooded roadways.

Revised snowfall estimates for the weekend for most of New Jersey, posted by the National Weather Service on Thursday, Jan. 27, 2022.
Revised snowfall estimates for the weekend for most of New Jersey, posted by the National Weather Service on Thursday, Jan. 27, 2022.

If the forecast is realized, the coming nor’easter may turn out to be one of New Jersey’s more powerful winter storms in recent years — particularly for the Shore.

Heavy snow is expected to blow in wind gusts of up to 50 mph in central and south Jersey. These gusts will be capable of bringing down tree branches, which could result in power and other utility outages. Visibility will be limited and blizzard conditions are expected.

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The federal weather service warns travel may be “impossible” during the storm. Vehicle use should be limited to emergencies only. Those who must venture onto the roads should have in their possession a winter survival kit in case they become stuck in their cars or trucks on the road.

This includes a mobile phone with a vehicle charger, a working flashlight, water and food, as well as materials to safely stay warm in should a rescue be delayed due to the conditions outside. Stranded motorists should remain in their vehicles if safe to do so.

The snow is expected to begin in South Jersey on Friday night. The rest of the state may not see snow until the overnight hours. The snow will be heavy at times through the mid-afternoon Saturday, before it diminishes in strength.

The forecast is fluid, so it is subject to change as meteorologists better understand the track of the storm as it develops over the next 12 to 24 hours.

Erik Larsen: 732-682-9359 or elarsen@gannettnj.com

This article originally appeared on Asbury Park Press: NJ snowfall estimates increase; 18 inches possible at Shore

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