EAST BRUNSWICK, NJ — For those waiting for the big snowstorm we have been deprived of over the past couple of years, the wait will need to continue. Two storm systems developing this week will provide some white winter weather for a good part of New Jersey, but neither storm is showing much inclination to develop into a bigger deal.
The first system is a quick and light nuisance that is following a path from the Northwest, down through California and the desert areas as rain, then through the Midwest and into the Ohio Valley as a slightly stronger storm than it will be by the time it arrives in our area. This is a fairly simple storm to forecast. It will travel from west to east through our area from late Monday night through Tuesday late in the day. As far as what you will see in your areas, one can draw a line straight across I-195. If you are south of it, it will be a mix of snow, sleet, and rain for the most part, with a change to all snow at its tail end. North of I-195 will be mostly light snow, with a possible change to sleet for a time on Tuesday. This storm does not have enough energy in it to produce major amounts of snow. The likelihood is for an accumulation of 1 to 3 inches, with the higher amounts in the northern regions (for example, Sparta), and less if you are further south. The farther west locations will start and end earlier, and eastern towns will be last. What is of concern on Monday night and Tuesday is travel during the storm. Roads will become extremely slick with freezing rain, sleet, and snow. Driving from very early Tuesday morning through midday Tuesday afternoon will be treacherous. Please exercise caution if you must drive.
The second storm we are watching has potential to develop into a significant coastal storm late on Thursday into Friday morning. It bears watching, especially for the southern sections of New Jersey. Right now, the models seem to be keeping most of the energy from this storm to our south, however we will monitor things for changes in development as we get closer to the end of the week. Temperatures will stay cold, although not quite as frigid as this weekend has been.
We seem to be in the early portion of a steady pattern of developing storms between now and mid-February. Many might recall a couple of years ago, when we had what was described as a conveyor belt of storms for quite a few weeks, with origination in the Northwest and traveling west to east one after another. This appears to be what is occurring now. It couples with a continuing trend of colder temperatures, and those wishing for a bigger snow should stay tuned as these winter weeks pass.
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