MORRISTOWN, NJ – A winter storm of epic proportions could cripple the New York/New Jersey metropolitan area, dumping between 18 - 24 inches of snow across the state beginning Monday night into Tuesday, according to the National Weather Service.

A low-pressure system that developed off the coast of the Carolinas has targeted the east coast, with forecasters issuing a "Winter Storm Watch" for the Morris County Area;

As of Monday morning, the Morris County Emergency Operartions Center has stated that current data suggests that snow will fall at a rate of 2 - 4 inches per hour creating blizzard conditions and limited visibility at the height of the storm. The heaviest snow and highest winds are expected through Tuesday morning and afternoon. 

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High winds from 15-30 mph., and gusts up to 45 mph. are expected to accompany the snow throughout Tuesday, according to the forecast.