A winter storm is expected to hit New Jersey beginning tonight, with peak impacts tomorrow, according to meteorologists.
The developing storm, will move into the area Monday, bringing the threat of a wintry mix of rain, snow and freezing rain.
Winds will be gusty in this region as well, with effects lasting into Wednesday and possibly Thursday.
AccuWeather senior meteorologist Tom Kines said Union and Middlesex countries can expect the precipitation to begin as rain but “you’re not going to have to go too far to the west and northwest before your start seeing snow.”
“The way things look right now that rain/snow line is so close that if the storm would track 40 miles farther east or 40 miles farther west, it’s going to make a huge difference,” Kines said.
Flood watches and advisories stretch from Massachusetts to Virginia in advance of a storm shaping up in the western Atlantic, the National Weather Service said. Snow may fall from northeastern Pennsylvania to Maine, which is covered by a winter storm watch.
“Most of the strongest impacts from this storm will start around daybreak,” said Tim Morrin, a weather service meteorologist in Upton, New York. For New York City, “we’re not expecting any snow, it’s a rain event.”
As much as 2 inches (5 centimeters) of rain may fall in New York starting about 6 a.m., possibly causing flooding in areas where there’s poor drainage. Gusts of 45 to 55 miles (72 to 89 kilometers) per hour are forecast.
Two to three inches of rain may fall in New Jersey, according according to David Stark, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service’s office in Upton, N.Y., which forecasts for northeast New Jersey.
Stark said street flooding may be a problem in urban areas while strong winds will be another concern during the storm, which is expected to move slowly away from the region.
“This system is going to kind of meander along the New England coast Wednesday and Thursday,” said Stark. While there isn’t an expectation of any significant precipitation on those days, Stark said “there could be some lingering showers.”
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