WEATHER

Sleet and freezing rain to continue Tuesday night

BY John Cifelli, Meteorologist |
  • Frozen precipitation continues north of Route 78 through Tuesday night
  • Temperatures rise near or above freezing overnight
  • Melting and clearing Wednesday, more winter weather soon?

Our winter storm is winding down Tuesday evening after having thrown the kitchen sink at New Jersey during the day. The snow was brief and yielded to a long duration sleet storm for central and northern New Jersey. Icing has also been an a problem in parts of Central Jersey, and with temperatures warming aloft faster than at the surface, that is the biggest concern the rest of the way. Plain rain has been the rule for southern and much of coastal New Jersey after a brief burst of snow Tuesday morning.

Temperatures at or below freezing along and north of the Route 78 corridor as of 6 p.m. Tuesday. We still have six hours of intermittent precipitation before the storm slides north, taking sleet and freezing rain with it away from New Jersey. Icing of up to 1/4 inch is still likely north of 78, especially north of Route 80 where temperatures are still in the low to mid 20s. Elsewhere across the state, we’ve seen the final flip to plain rain, and conditions will improve overnight. Temperatures will rise above freezing everywhere tomorrow morning, and things will quickly get back to normal.

Snow and sleet totals will land on the low end of ranges, with 1 to 2 inches in Central Jersey and 2 to 4 inches in northern New Jersey by the time it is all said and done.

On Wednesday, we will see some sunshine and temperatures rebound to seasonal, on either side of 40 degrees — perfect weather for clearing and melting. Friday will bring the chance of some rain or showers, and next week looks pretty wintry, with several chances for snow and sleet.