Monday’s winter storm is likely to include two rounds of precipitation in New Jersey — a light mix starting later this morning before a pause and then the main event of ice, light snow and freezing rain this evening.
While the storm is still expected to make travel difficult and potentially lead to power outages, mainly in northwestern New Jersey, the National Weather Service has lowered the anticipated ice accumulation totals. In addition, the weather service said in its morning forecast discussion that freezing rain is likely to change to plain rain Monday evening south and east of the Interstate 95 corridor.
In northwestern areas, freezing rain will continue through the overnight before temps warm enough for plain rain to fall on Tuesday morning.
A ban on commercial vehicles on many highways takes effect at 8 am. Monday.
Here’s a look at what various counties in New Jersey can expect Monday:
Hunterdon, Morris, Somerset, Sussex and Warren: An ice storm warning starts at 6 p.m. Monday and lasts until 10 a.m. Tuesday. “Significant” icing — two-tenths to four-tenths of an inch — are expected with up to an inch of snow and sleet. Tree damage and power outages are likely, the weather service says. Both the Monday and Tuesday evening commutes will be difficult.
Western Passaic: A winter weather advisory is in effect until 6 p.m. Monday. Then the ice storm warning will be in effect until 10 a.m. Tuesday. Freezing rain and a light glaze of ice are in the forecast during the day and then as much as three-tenths of an inch of ice accumulation is possible Monday evening into Tuesday.
Hudson, eastern Bergen, Essex and Union: Forecasters are calling for freezing rain and up to a tenth of an inch of ice as well as slippery road conditions. A winter weather advisory is in effect until 7 a.m. Tuesday.
Eastern Passaic and western Bergen: Expect as much as two-tenths of an inch of ice as well as freezing rain and slippery roads. The winter weather advisory runs until 10 a.m. Tuesday.
Middlesex and Mercer: Freezing rain and about a tenth of an inch of an ice as well as freezing rain is expected. The winter weather advisory kicks in at 1 p.m. Monday and lasts until 5 a.m. Tuesday.
Burlington, Camden, Gloucester, Ocean, western Monmouth: A winter weather advisory runs from 1 p.m Monday to 2 a.m. Tuesday. Freezing rain and up to a tenth of an inch of ice is in the forecast.
Precipitation will be gone across the state by midday Tuesday and the rest of the day will be dry with highs in the low 40s. Wednesday will be sunny but chilly with highs in the low 30s.
Forecasters are also monitoring a potential storm Thursday that could bring snow, ice and rain to the state. AccuWeather.com says an icy mix is likely for New Jersey. Snow amounts and other details should start to be available by Tuesday afternoon.
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