December 27, 2012 at 9:56 PM
SUSSEX COUNTY, NJ – After dealing with about a half a foot of snow over the period of Wednesday, through Thursday, the National Weather Service is predicting more of the white stuff is on the way for Sussex County.
A “Hazardous Weather Outlook” was issued for some counties in New Jersey, including Sussex County.
“This hazardous weather outlook is for Northern Delaware, Northeast Maryland, Central New Jersey, Northern New Jersey, Northwest New Jersey, Southern New Jersey, East Central Pennsylvania, and Southeast Pennsylvania,” was the statement released by the National Weather Service earlier this evening.
Eastern Pennsylvania is predicted to be the first hit on Saturday morning, with Western and Northern New Jersey following behind.
The National Weather Service forecasts snow will begin around daybreak Saturday, with snow tapering off in the afternoon, or even early evening, after possibly leaving behind two to five inches of snow.
The National Weather Service released a weather briefing earlier this afternoon, indicating that Winter Storm Watches may be issued on Friday.
In areas outside of Sussex County, there may be a changeover to rain, and along the Interstate 95 corridor, two to three inches of snow are a possibility.
The Full Moon on Friday may bring about a higher tide, however, with the storm tracking to the south, flooding, unlike that which occurred in the last storm, is expected to be minor to moderate along the Jersey Shore, and Chesapeake and Delaware Bays.
The National Weather Service currently predicts a 90 percent chance of snow for the daytime Saturday, and, 30 percent chance for Saturday evening, for Sussex County.
The Weather Channel, which has adopted a naming convention for Winter Storms, kicking off with Winter Storm Athena which hit the area less than two weeks following Hurricane Sandy, has currently not named the projected storm, and has indicated according to their report, “Locations in the Megalopolis from Philadelphia to New York City and Boston have the potential to see one to three inches of snow on Saturday. However, we must caution that this is very dependent on the exact evolution and track of the storm system, which remains somewhat uncertain at this time,” was the latest from The Weather Channel, though their website is showing for the Newton, N.J. area, an 80 percent chance of snow for Saturday.
GeoEnvironmental Atmosphere is predicting arrival to New York City of the storm by the early afternoon.
The site lays out that a low pressure heading towards the Northeast will collide with another system from the Ohio Valley, and, depending on where the two meet will determine the storm’s intensity.
The team from GeoEnvironmental Atmosphere has indicated that the models still need to come into agreement, and recommends visitors to their site return tomorrow for an update, at which time the team will come back with a snowfall map.
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