A winter storm warning has been issued ahead of a potential nor’easter that could bring as much as a foot of snow, heavy rain and wind to the Tri-State area again.
We’re starting off the week with clouds and sun with temperatures in the mid-40s, but conditions will deteriorate on Tuesday night.
Heavy snow is expected, with possible accumulations of 6 to 12 inches or perhaps even higher.
Snow is expected to start 10 pm Tuesday to 4 am Thursday, according to the National Weather Service. Tens of thousands of people are still in the dark and cleaning up from Friday’s nor’easter, as a second storm bears down on the area.
Plan on difficult travel conditions, including during the evening commute on Wednesday. Significant reductions in visibility are anticipated.
Severe winter weather conditions will make travel very hazardous or impossible throughout northeast New Jersey, New York City, the lower Hudson Valley, southwestern Connecticut, and beyond.
A Winter Storm Warning for snow means weather event including 1) snow, ice, or sleet meeting or exceeding locally defined 12 and/or 24 hour warning criteria; or 2) a combination of snow, ice, or sleet and blowing snow with at least one of the precipitation elements meeting or exceeding locally defined 12 and/or 24 hour warning criteria.
If you must travel, keep an extra flashlight, food and water in your vehicle in case of an emergency and check local Department of Transportation information services for the latest road conditions.
Light rain and light snow will develop late this afternoon and especially this evening, then transition to all snow tonight and continue Wednesday. The snow will be heavy at times especially from midday Wednesday through Wednesday evening, where rates will be 1 to 2 inches per hour.
Wind gusts up to 35 mph are possible. With this being a heavy, wet snow, it is likely that trees and power lines could be brought down from the weight of the accumulating snow, resulting in power outages.
The first nor’easter hit four days ago, and still, upwards of 48,000 people were without power Tuesday in New Jersey alone. Most of the affected customers are in northern Jersey, and the new storm will likely result in another round of outages.
Downed trees were blocking the restoration of power in some places, leaving utility crews scrambling before another round of dangerous weather descends on the region.
About 200,000 homes and business across the Northeast remain without power, down from about 2 million at the last storm’s peak.
Governor Phil Murphy issued a snow emergency effective at 8 p.m.
Hundreds of crews continued to work to clear trees and repair power lines across the Garden State, but officials said some customers affected by that storm may not have their service restored until at least Wednesday.
For updates and to view service advisories affecting Union County services, visit www.ucnj.org
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