BELMAR/LAKE COMO, NJ — The Jersey Shore will be spared any significant snow as temperatures are expected to rise through tomorrow, but then drop significantly for the coldest conditions of the season, according to the National Weather Service.
Precipitation that will move into the region at about 2 p.m. today may begin as snow, resulting in slippery conditions before it changes over to all rain this evening.
The rain — or any wintery mix of rain, freezing rain or snow — will end by late tomorrow with no expected accumulation, but then temperatures are expected to plummet — from the high 30s to the low teens by Sunday evening. This will lead to quick refreezing of wet and slushy surfaces, causing extremely ice conditions on roadways and sidewalks, according to the weather service.
With strong northwest winds from the Arctic air blast, the wind chill will make it feel like it’s below zero.
Minor coastal flooding along the oceanfront is possible with tomorrow morning’s high tide.
Gov. Phil Murphy has declared a state of emergency for today that begins at noon, authorizing the state director of Emergency Management to activate and coordinate response and recovery efforts.
Also, a commercial travel ban for many central and northern New Jersey highways does not applied to the Garden State Parkway or New Jersey Turnpike. For more information, visit the New Jersey State Police Facebook page by clicking here.
For a detailed summary of the National Weather Service’s latest briefing issued at 5 p.m. pm January 19, click here.
Here is the latest forecast from the National Weather Service:
Rain and snow likely, mainly after 4 p.m. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 36. East wind 9 to 15 mph. Chance of precipitation is 60 percent. Little or no snow accumulation expected.
Tonight: Rain and snow likely before 8 p.m., then rain. Low around 36. Breezy, with an east wind 17 to 20 mph becoming south after midnight. Chance of precipitation is 100 perent. Little or no snow accumulation expected.
Sunday: Rain or freezing rain before 3p.m., then a chance of snow and freezing rain between 3 p.m. and 4 p.m. Temperature falling to around 27 by 5p.m. Windy, with a southwest wind 15 to 20 mph becoming northwest 21 to 26 mph in the afternoon. Winds could gust as high as 38 mph. Chance of precipitation is 90 percent. Little or no ice accumulation expected. Little or no snow accumulation expected.
Sunday night: Partly cloudy, with a low around 11. Wind chill values as low as -3. Windy, with a northwest wind 25 to 28 mph, with gusts as high as 41 mph.
Monday: Mostly sunny, with a high near 18. Windy, with a northwest wind 24 to 26 mph, with gusts as high as 37 mph.
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