By John Cifelli
NJTV News Meteorologist
A wintry week begins today for New Jersey with copious cold and shots for snow. This will certainly feel like be the most winter-like stretch of the season, with statewide temperatures not breaking above the freezing mark until Wednesday. Overnight lows will be pinned in the teens and low twenties the next four nights. Mid-January is historically the coldest time of the year, so 2016 is playing by the rules this week.
We start our wintry stretch today with a shot at some light snow, particularly in southern and coastal New Jersey. An area of low pressure off the cost of South Carolina is strengthening as it zips northeast, out to sea. As of this morning, steady snow had broken out over much of the DelMarVa peninsula, and this snow will spread into portions of the state this afternoon. As much as an inch may fall over Cape May county and the Garden State Parkway corridor south of Toms River, with perhaps a coating or so for interior southern New Jersey. The rest of the state could see flakes fly as well, with no accumulation expected. It’s a great day to light the fireplace and watch playoff football!
Temperatures moderate by the end of the week in advance of our next storm system. Upper level energy spills off the Rocky Mountains and develops a surface low across the southern Plains on Wednesday. This low will press eastward toward the mid-Atlantic and northeast, potentially bringing rain, sleet and snow to portions of the East Coast for the weekend. With five or six days before we are impacted, there’s plenty of time to iron out the details, but I think this the biggest winter storm threat from five days out that we’ve had so far this season. Bundle up and stay tuned.