NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ - Weather forecasts are calling for a wintery mix of snow and frozen rain just as the evening commute begins on Monday, prompting the National Weather Service to declare a Winter Weather Advisory for Central and South Jersey.
Between 3 and 9 p.m., New Brunswick will receive a light coating of sleet and precipitation, half an inch at most.
But the real issue is the potentially hazardous travel conditions, said meteorologist Dean Lovino of the National Weather Service Burlington office.
“Lot of traffic accidents, or people falling on ice that they might not see on the parking lot or sidewalk," Lovino said, adding that “it doesn’t look like it’ll be heavy enough to bring down trees or power lines.”
Last week, a so-called “bomb cyclone” dumped seven inches of snow over New Brunswick. For 12 days straight, the city was plunged in a cold snap with temperatures continuously below freezing.
Today’s weather will be light compared to last week, but it’s become enough of a concern that the New Brunswick Public Schools have canceled all after-school activities for Monday, Jan. 8, according to a city-wide Nixle alert.
Evening commuters should “be aware that there may be icy spots during the commute,” Lovino warned. “Just drive carefully.”
On top of that, George Street is still closed between New and Albnay Street due to a water main break, as of 3:37 p.m., according to New Brunswick police.
But the silver lining, Lovino said, is that the bitterly cold air of last week is gone. Through today, the temperatures will be in the 20’s and at most, pop just over freezing.
As the week progresses, the mercury will rise to the upper 30’s and low 40’s, Lovino said, before making it up to at least 50 degrees on Friday.