WEATHER

Winter’s first whack now winding down

BY John Cifelli, Meteorologist |
  • Steady bands still to deliver accumulating snows this evening
  • Snow tapers to flurries by midnight
  • Fair weather Tuesday

New Jersey’s coastal storm is slowly deepening, and slowly sliding east away from the state this Monday evening. As it does so, features aloft are enhancing bands of precipitation wrapping around the back side of the system. Accumulating snowfall has been spotty and banded in nature this afternoon, with wildly ranging snowfall totals from 0 to 9 inches across north and central New Jersey. Sussex County is leading the way with accumulations, with little to none as of 6 p.m., south of 195. In some cases in northern New Jersey, towns adjacent to one other had a disparity of several inches in their snowfall totals. This is always the nature of accumulation forecasts for snowfall that comes in banded nature.

Snow showers and periods of light snow will continue through midnight on Tuesday for central and northern New Jersey. In southern New Jersey, where light rain fell most of the day, temperatures are gradually cooling for precipitation to end as snow. Anyone across the state could pick up another 1 to 3 inches this evening as these bands back their way across the state from the ocean.

By Tuesday, everything is sliding east, and New Jerseyans will wake up to clearing skies. The sun angle is still high enough in the sky in early December that by the end of the day Tuesday, most of us will be back to bear ground. The rest of the week looks great too, with seasonable temperatures and fair skies lasting right through the weekend.