SUSSEX COUNTY – The Northwest New Jersey area is anticipated to experience another bout with snowy weather, beginning on Thursday evening, Jan. 2, expecting to drop six to ten inches of snow during the storm.
The area was already hit several times at the end of 2013, with several paralyzing snowstorms, with this one appearing to be another to add to the roster over the past two months.
In the first wintry blast of 2014, a Winter Storm Warning is in effect beginning around 1 p.m. on Thursday.
According to the National Weather Service, a Winter Storm Warning signifies significant snow is anticipated, with heavy and blowing snow, and dangerously cold wind chill factors. Travel will become hazardous, and all precautions are recommenced (individuals are suggested to keep an extra flashlight in their vehicles, along with food and water, in case travel is necessary).
Flurries are expected to be a precursor to the storm, starting possibly early in the day on Thursday and continuing throughout the daytime hours. The significant snow is expected to begin in the evening hours, after building from a low-pressure system forming along the Virginia Coastline. As accumulations begin later on in the day, at some points at rates of one inch per hour, into Friday morning, winds are predicted to pick up, gusting between 15 to 30 mph, with the gusts lowering temperatures and wind chills to dangerous levels, predicted between five and 20 below, with temperatures expected only at highs between five and 23 degrees.
Residents are suggested to limit their time outdoors due to the hazards of exposure during this type of a cold spell.
Residents are also urged to refrain from travel if possible. The snow is predicted to be a dry, puffy variety, and with the combination of gusting winds, will create snowdrifts. The blowing snow will hinder travel, plus create difficulties for those who are plowing, as there will be a limit in visibility.
There is a 50 percent chance of precipitation during the day on Thursday, 90 percent chance on Thursday night, and 50 percent chance on Friday.
Snow is expected to stop before 10 a.m. on Friday, with very cold temperatures and snow flurries persisting through the weekend.
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