WEATHER UPDATE: Jan. 23, 2016 at 2 p.m.
It’s a wild, dangerous day across New Jersey. Almost the entire state is under a blizzard warning, and blizzard conditions (less that a quarter mile visibility and 35 mph winds) have been realized at times for many locations. The coastal waters from the Manesquan Inlet to the Delaware Bay are under a Hurricane Force Winds Warning, for winds gusting as high as 75 mph. Shore towns are inundated with flood waters, especially in Cape May County. The heaviest snow is currently between Routes 78 and 80, with steady snow across central New Jersey as well. Further south, the “dry slot” that I mentioned on air last night has punched through. For a couple hours, parts of southern New Jersey may see snow taper off before resuming as the bands to the west and north and pulled back through as the storm pulls away.
Some of the snowfall totals are already prolific. Fifteen to 16 inches is widespread in Camden and Burlington counties. Trenton reported 16 early this afternoon, and Flemington measured 17 inches very recently. Six to eight inches has fallen across the furthest northern counties, with about a foot in and around New York City. Rain has cut into snowfall totals as expected along the Parkway and east, but rain has recently changed over the snow almost everywhere at this point. For those that have not yet seen the transition back, it is coming soon.
Travel restrictions are in place but major roads are passable. Secondary and back roads are a real Jersey “fugetaboutit.” There isn’t any place to go anyhow, almost everything is closed. It’s a ghost state out here, and rightly so. Flooding concerns persist for this evening’s high tides at the coast. The surface low is starting to draw winds along the coast more from the northeast rather than straight east, which will cut back on the build of storm surge. Things won’t get worse, but it will be another tide cycle or two until they start to significantly improve.
The heaviest snow from here on out, for the duration of the event will be from 195 to 78. Snow will continue to fall in bands, so there will be periods where you may oscillate from heavy snow to lighter rates. There’s plenty of accumulations yet to come, with several remaining hours of moderate or heavy snow to come. The snowfall map is for the total storm, not what is yet to come. This storm will challenge all time records at the major climate reporting stations. It’s historic, enjoy it. Follow our live updates all day, as Briana Vannozzi, Matt Rosen and I travel through the state to bring you the sights, scenes and stories of the Blizzard of 2016. Send us your photos or information by tagging us with #NJTVNewsBlizzard.