WEST ORANGE, NJ - Balmy seventy degree-plus temperatures are giving way to a wintry mix of rain and snow that is likely to disrupt holiday travel plans along the northeast corridor, including West Orange.
The National Weather Service issued a Winter Storm Warning on Nov. 25, after upgrading from a Winter Storm Watch earlier in the day. The forecast calls for sleet and rain on Nov. 26 that is expected to turn into snow in the afternoon as temperatures fall. Three to eight inches of snow accumulation is possible, with an additional one to three inches likely before the storm ends in the evening.
No snow is expected on Thanksgiving, with cloudy weather and termperatures around 40 degrees.
West Orange, Livingston and West Essex residents traveling for Thanksgiving will likely be impacted by the storm. AAA Travel projects that over one million New Jerseysans will travel 50 miles or more between Nov. 26 and Nov. 30; 1,036,829 (88.6% of all travelers), a 4.2% increase from one year ago; 101,126 (8.7% of all travelers), an increase of 3.2% from Thanksgiving 2013; and 31,105 (2.7% of all travelers), a 4.6% increase from last year.
A recent report by Weather.com listed Newark Liberty International Airport as fifth on a Top 15 List of Worst Airports for Weather Delays in the country. LaGuardia International Airport was No. 3 and John F. Kennedy (JFK) International Airport was No. 6.
Those airports are, from No. 1 to No. 15:
1. San Francisco International; 2. Chicago O’Hare; 3. LaGuardia, New York; 4. Denver; 5. Newark; 6. JFK New York City; 7. Dallas; 8. Houston; 9. Boston; 10. Philadelphia; 11. Minneapolis; 12. Chicago Midway; 13. Miami; 14. Detroit; 15. Orlando.
Weather.com researched their Worst Weather-Delayed Airports list by examining weather-related arrival and flight-delay data over a 12-month period from the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Bureau of Transportation Statistics. 23 percent of U.S. flights arrived at least 15 minutes late, were cancelled, or diverted – and about 31 percent of those were a direct result of weather disturbances.
If traveling, check for roadway closures and airport delays in advance. Make sure all vehicles are ready for travel in wintry weather: all weather tires, a full tank of gas, shovel, blankets, flashlight, chargers, water, snacks, and even a bag of cat litter for traction on ice.