RANDOLPH, NJ - The National Weather Service has upgraded the winter storm watch to a warning and advisory, and has increased projected snowfall amounts for the area on Wednesday and on Thanksgiving Day, impacting holiday travel plans. Mid-Atlantic AAA estimates 1.2 million New Jersey residents will travel this holiday week 50 miles or more. Expect slippery road conditions on Randolph's hilly roads.
Predictions of snowfall amounts have increased. Snowfall amounts of 3 to 6 inches are possible to the northwest of the Interstate 95 corridor, with 6 to 12 inches expected further inland and over the higher terrain, particularly in the southern Poconos and northwest New Jersey. Randolph is falling around 6 to 8 inches according to this map.
Precipitation from this event will negatively impact the busy holiday travel period Wednesday into Wednesday night. Because of the high volume of holiday traffic, travel plans completed by early Wednesday morning would avoid most of the trouble from this event, particularly north and west of the I-95 corridor.
Power outages are likely with the combination of gusty winds and snow hanging on wires and tree limbs, especially in the Lehigh Valley, southern Poconos, and northern New Jersey.
Randolph Township Schools announced their full day closing for Wednesday early in the evening on Tuesday to ensure everyone's safety.