WEATHER

WINTER STORM: Break From Snow, But More Expected

By Meteorologist John Cifelli for NJTV News

Our powerful nor’easter presses northward. The heaviest band is now pressing into Morris, Warren, Sussex and Passaic counties. Behind this there is an area of sleet and then rain, and yes, the dryslot has arrived in South Jersey. Precipitation has ended for most of the state for the rest of the afternoon!

Not a minute too soon, as 6-10 inches has already fallen on much of the state, with some areas approaching a foot along the Delaware River. The heavy band that blasted New Jersey with snowfall rates of 2-4 inches per hour was incredible, and I don’t mind admitting it caught me by surprise. That was historic snowfall this morning. If you were asleep for it, it looked like someone was tossing fluffy golf balls from above.

Now is the time to go shovel and get the drive cleared, as we have a four- to six-hour period of relative calm before the comma head develops and snow reignites across New Jersey. Beginning near dark, expect the radar to once again blossom across the state. Precipitation will be sleet or rain to start in some places, but everyone will end as snow. Expect 1-3 inches south where it ends before midnight and starts as sleet/rain, and 2-4 or even 5 further north where snow lingers past midnight. It’ll all be over well before you wake up Friday.

Don’t sleep on Saturday, as another round of light snow moves across the state. It looks like a 1-3 inch or 3-6 inch type event, which on its own would be manageable, but in this winter, is nothing short of simultaneously injurious and insulting!