EAST BRUNSWICK, NJ – The three-part storm system has evolved exactly as models have predicted. Rain has over swept most of the Central and Southern New Jersey areas, with freezing rain and snow now covering all areas north of I-80.

The Somerset Hills area was wet and icy later on Sunday afternoon, with the National Weather Service predicting rain, sleet and gusty conditions overnight. Monday's prediction, as of Sunday afternoon, is for rain, snow, and sleet on the first day of the workweek, becoming all snow after 11 a.m., according to the National Weather Service. Monday's chance of precipitation in the Somerset Hills is 90 percent, the National Weather Service says.

Any areas other than far Northwest NJ will see a changeover to all rain for the remainder of Sunday. The areas at highest elevations and the Northwest part of the state will likely see all ice and snow, with accumulations today in that area of 1 to 3 inches likely.

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Phase two will be occurring tonight, with rain and wind becoming more intense, and then likely to end for a few hours late Sunday night into Monday early morning as the two low pressure systems will be merging off the coast near Atlantic City. As the storms intensify, the winds will increase, and the colder air will spread over the entire state North of I-195. 

This will lead to Phase three, which will see snow steadily developing in the early morning. The farther North and West of the NJ Turnpike you live, will determine how much snow will accumulate.

For now, we continue to expect the following accumulations and forecast for the TAP areas:

South of I-195 and the extreme coastal areas:  A mostly rain event will continue throughout Sunday, with a wintry mix possible on Monday.  Little to no accumulation is expected.

Between I-195 and I-80: Snow, sleet, and freezing rain to on Sunday afternoon, then rain on Sunday night, then a break Sunday night. Significant snow on Monday morning and afternoon. Expect a coating to an inch in southern areas (Trenton and South Brunswick), 1 to 3 inches in Middlesex and South Somerset Counties, and 3-6 inches North of I-78.

North of I-80 and areas north and west (Sparta): Snow, then freezing rain, then much more snow is possible depending on storm location. It is likely this region will see at least 1-3 inches of snow on Sunday into Monday, and possibly 6 inches or more in far Northwestern NJ.

More updates will be provided Sunday night and Monday.  Please check your local TAPInto sites for school delays, closings, and business interruptions as this storm intensifies. 

_ with Linda Sadlouskos