BERNARDSVILLE, NJ – Phase Three of the post-Thanksgiving storm is well under way.  Models came together and are showing the storm to be a bit colder aloft than originally forecast.  This means higher snow totals than first predicted, and a later conclusion to the storm, now forecast to end near sunrise Tuesday morning.

A winter storm warning is in effect for northwestern Somerset County.

Forecasts for the Somerset Hills region now are calling for as much as 10 inches before the storm ends Tuesday morning.

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Final accumulation totals are looking as follows:

South of I-195 and the extreme coastal areas:  Freezing rain changing to snow in late morning, accumulations of 1 to 3 inches.

Between I-195 and I-78: Significant snow from Monday afternoon through Tuesday morning. Expect 3 to 6 inches in southern areas (Trenton and South Brunswick), 4-8 inches in Middlesex and South Somerset Counties.

Between I-78 and I-80: Significant snow throughout Monday into Tuesday mid-morning. 6-10 inches likely.

North of I-80 and areas north and west of I-287: Significant snow throughout Monday into Tuesday mid-Morning.  Expect 8-12 inches, possibly higher in high elevations. 12-18 inches in far Northwest NJ.

Most schools have posted closings or early dismissals for Monday, and many will also be closed on Tuesday.  Travel will be extremely treacherous throughout the day on Monday and into Tuesday.