By John Cifelli
NJTV News Meteorologist
– ‘Miller A’ Gulf low to trek off the eastern seaboard Saturday
– Bulk of moisture and snowfall to remain offshore
– Winter Storm Warning criteria likely for southeast coast
– More Arctic cold to follow
We’ve just finished dusting ourselves off from last night’s picture perfect powder, and for a good part of New Jersey, it’s time to prepare for round two. An area of low pressure is trudging through the Deep South, tapping into copious moisture as it turns the corner and heads northeast along the coast of South Carolina this evening. Obviously, we have plenty of cold to work with across New Jersey today, as most reporting stations aren’t a degree or two past the freezing mark.
As the storm system parallels the eastern seaboard tomorrow, that moisture will spread across the coastal mid-Atlantic, and into parts of New Jersey during the day tomorrow. With the storm center well off the coast, this is a glancing blow for most of the state. In fact, I wouldn’t be surprised if northwest New Jersey didn’t see more than a few flurries. But for Cape May, Cumberland, Atlantic, and maybe coastal Ocean and Monmouth counties, several inches of snow are possible. A winter storm watch is in place for Cape May for this event, while other counties have advisories.
The timing looks to be roughly from daybreak to mid-afternoon, but the track of the low will not only dictate how much falls and where, but when. Central and northern New Jersey won’t see snow most of the morning, and it could end there earlier too.
So it is the beaches that will catch the brunt of this one, with up to a half foot possible from Cape May County up through LBI. For most of the state it was be nuisance or conversational snow, with maybe two inches or so along the Turnpike corridor. I think the big cities north and west won’t have much to contend with.
In the storm’s wake, plenty more cold is on tap for the rest of the weekend and the start of the week. Sunday, it will be breezy and the wind chill values will be uncomfortably cold. We won’t see temperatures statewide climb past freezing until Tuesday. The next round of precipitation will be Wednesday, and it’s mostly rain.