It is a chilly early morning in our area with temperatures ranging from the mid teens here in Clifton to around 10 in the colder inland suburbs, winds are nearly calm and skies are mostly clear.
Today we will have increasing cloudiness during the day, temperatures will be chilly with highs slightly lower than we had yesterday, winds will be light. Definitely the calm before the storm and a good day to buy that milk and bread.
Low pressure now in the southeast states will intensify just off the North Carolina coast and then move northeast, snow will begin in the northern part of New Jersey around daybreak on Saturday and then become heavy at times during the day and at night finally tapering off before daybreak on Sunday, strong northeast winds will cause blizzard conditions at times. In the Clifton area only winter storm warnings have been issued but less than two miles to my south in Essex County blizzard warnings are in effect. Tough forecast for snow amounts since there will be a sharp cutoff in the snow with higher amounts to our south and lower amounts to our north. Yesterday afternoon I lowered the amount I expected in Clifton to 8 inches but looking at the computer models I am raising that total back to 10 inches but depending where the snow bands set up we could see as low as 2 inches of snow or the worst case scenario could bury us with 20 inches, so stay tuned.
Clearing by Sunday afternoon and we should stay mainly dry most of next week and it won’t be that cold with temperatures actually being somewhat above normal.
TODAY – Increasing cloudiness, high in the low 30s.
TONIGHT – Cloudy with a chance of snow developing after midnight, low in the low 20s.
SATURDAY – Snow heavy at times, quite windy with blizzard conditons likely, high in the upper 20s.
SUNDAY – Chance of snow before 7 a.m, then becoming mostly sunny, high in the upper 30s.
MONDAY – Mostly sunny, high near 40.
TUESDAY – Partly sunny, high in the mid 40s.
WEDNESDAY – Partly sunny, high near 40.
THURSDAY – Mostly sunny, high in the upper 30s.
MARINE FORECAST: TODAY – North wind to 14 knots, seas 1 foot.
OUTLOOK – Storm warning in effect from 1 a.m. on Saturday till 7 a.m on Sunday. No advisories expected on Monday with near advisory condtions on Tuesday.
Have a good day and make sure you have enough bread and milk.