A winter storm set to drop as much as 8 inches of snow on New Jersey is likely to crank up early Thursday and continue until well into Friday morning, according to the latest updates from the National Weather Service and AccuWeather.
For much of the state, precipitation might fall as a wintry mix of sleet and snow or even plain rain for the majority of a storm that won’t push out until Friday morning.
Light snow could begin falling as early as 4 a.m. Thursday in deep South Jersey, though the main event will get going a couple hours later, according to National Weather Service general forecaster Nick Carr.
“The heavier stuff looks like it will hold off until sunrise or so and then maybe if you’re further east — more toward mid-morning,” Carr said. “But for most, we’re talking around sunrise.”
Sunrise on Thursday is about 6:45 a.m. in New Jersey, so many commuters can expect a snowy ride into work.
The change to a wintry mix in places like Millville and Cape May could start as soon as mid-morning, Carr said. It won’t happen until later in central and northern New Jersey.
“Further north around early afternoon, we’ll see a transition to sleet and then maybe shift to rain on the coastal plain by afternoon,” Carr said. “In North Jersey, we’ll won’t see that wintry mix until at least mid-to-late afternoon.”
The weather service says 2 to 3 inches will pile up in South Jersey, 4 to 6 inches will drop in Central Jersey and 6 to 8 inches will accumulate in North Jersey, though Bergen, Essex and Hudson counties should remain in the 4 to 6 inch band.
The storm could be a “slop-fest,” according to Carr. “What we might see is a few inches of snow on the front end and then an inch or two of sleet.”
On Friday, the heavy bands of precipitation should be gone by mid-morning with a lighter wintry mix possible sticking around a few more hours, Carr said.
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