EAST BRUNSWICK, NJ – Another winter weather advisory has been posted by the National Weather Service for a coastal storm expected to make its way into New Jersey Monday afternoon, following the same path as Saturday night’s weather system. As was the case in the Saturday storm, the major concern is not snow, except for far northwest NJ, rather a larger period of ice and freezing rain.
The duration of this storm will be a bit longer than what was seen Saturday night, and will likely produce more icing and to a larger area.
Once again, the center of this storm will likely reside offshore, pulling moisture in from the ocean. Temperatures will hover at or near freezing. Coupled with the colder air near the ground and the snow already on the ground for the entire area, it will take whatever moisture the storm produces and cause it to freeze. The tail end of this storm will see rising temperatures, with freezing rain changing to all rain.
It may be cold enough in the northwestern portions of the state for much of the storm to produce a mix of snow and freezing rain, especially in the highest of elevations. Expect perhaps an inch or two of slushy snow to go along with the dangerous conditions. Depending on how long and how strongly the precipitation falls will dictate how much ice will form before the change to rain. A tenth to a quarter of an inch of ice is likely leaving trees encased, risking falling branches, as well as turning roads and walkways into risky places to drive or walk.
A third coastal storm may be brewing for later in the week.
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