By Meteorologist John Cifelli
It’s another nasty winter day in New Jersey, with just two stations (Woodbridge and Eatontown) reporting high temperatures of 20 degrees. Everyone else is in the teens, with wind chill values hovering on either side of zero. There are some scattered power outages, but for the most part, most New Jersey residents are toasty at home today. I shoveled my drive earlier — you need to dress like an Eskimo to tolerate the cold! Our weekend storm is pulling away from the East Coast, and it is so powerful that hurricane force wind warnings have been issued for the northwest Atlantic waters. That’s winds in excess of 74 mph for those playing along at home.
Tonight, temperatures will tumble below zero in the northern half of the state, while those south of 195 will enjoy single digit temperatures. Monday will be sunny, but the thermometer won’t creep out of the upper teens and low 20s for New Jersey. This sets the stage for our next snow event, which approaches Monday night.
Low pressure currently located over the Four Corners will slide through Texas and the Gulf Coast states tonight and tomorrow, before climbing the eastern seaboard Monday night. With ample Gulf moisture, precipitation will spread north well in advance of the surface low. Snow begins after dark tomorrow in southern New Jersey, spreading to the northern areas by midnight. Snow continues through Tuesday morning before ending around midday.
The storm is a fairly quick hitter which spares much of New Jersey from a major snowfall. Still, a 12-hour period of steady snowfall, particularly south and east of the Turnpike means that Tuesday could be a tack on day off after President’s Day tomorrow.
At this point, expected snowfall totals are as follows:
North and west of routes 202/22/287 — 2-4 inches
Turnpike corridor including Philadelphia and New York City — 4-7 inches
South and east of the Turnpike — 6-10 inches
For the extended range, perhaps some light snow or flurries Wednesday night. Otherwise, the cold continues.