While snowfall predictions have been slightly reduced for the expected storm starting Thursday night, there is a threat of a more widespread coating of ice due to a messy mix of snow, sleet, and freezing rain in the northern half of the country.
The National Weather Service cautions that twelve counties will be under a winter weather notice Monday night. Counties along and north of I-78 may expect 1 to 4 inches of snow, but lesser amounts will be in Central Jersey.
Snowfall totals in the northern half of the state should typically be 1 to 4 inches, but a dangerous coating of up to a quarter-inch of ice might make roads difficult Friday morning.
According to the most recent forecast forecast, ice risks could result in severe panic for the Friday morning commute.
"I-78 northward can have significant travel impacts, particularly on the Friday morning commute," the weather service said in its early Thursday.
Due to the decrease in snowfall estimates, certain New Jersey counties have been canceled in favor of advisories.
The National Weather Service has issued a winter weather warning for the northern half of New Jersey. A winter storm is expected to cover a broad spectrum of snow, sleet, ice, and freezing rain. Although snowfall totals in the northern half of the state should mostly be 1 to 4 inches, a dangerous coating of up to a quarter-inch of ice may cause road disruption. Friday morning
A closer look at what counties that will be under a winter weather advisory can expect (with the hours of the advisories):
The result of a winter storm that will dump a disturbing mix of snow, sleet, ice, and freezing rain in New Jersey on Thursday evening. While snowfall totals in the northern half of the state should usually be 1 to 4 inches, a dangerous coating of up to a quarter-inch of ice may cause roads to fall. Friday morning
The weather service said it expects precipitation to begin as a rocky transition along the Interstate 95 corridor on Thursday morning. Finally, snow, sleet, and freezing rain will be seen as warm enough to fall on Friday morning.
The weather ministry predicts that some exceptions will be in far northwestern New Jersey, where mixed precipitation might continue for several more hours.
A winter storm with a sleet, ice, and freezing rain is expected to strike New Jersey Thursday evening. While snowfall totals in the northern half of the state should mostly be 1 to 4 inches, a dangerous coating of up to one-inch of ice might make roads treacherous Friday morning.
As high temperatures rise in the upper 30s to mid 40s, well dry out Friday afternoon. With highs in the 30s Saturday and the 40s Sunday, the weekend is shaping us dry and sunny.
As well as seasonal temperatures, the early part of next week looks to precipitation free.
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