Moderate to heavy snow is falling early on this Saturday morning and the winds are picking up gusting to 30 mph creating low visibilities, temperatures range from the low 20s in Clifton to the upper teens further inland.
The intensifying storm is now off the North Carolina coast and it will slowly move northeast off the coast, snow from the system will continue today and tonight with blizzard conditions likely as winds gust up to 40 mph which will cause considerable drifting of the snow. Heavy snow bands with snowfall rates of two inches or more an hour will be moving into our area later this morning and this afternoon. I increased the snow total to an average of 18 inches with some areas where the intense snow bands set up may see two feet or even more of snow. There is a chance of some thundersnow also in some of these heavier bands. Snow will be less across the Hudson Valley and extreme Northwest New Jersey and along the Southeast New Jersey coast where sleet and rain could mix in. The snow will taper off tonight and end by midnight.
Sunday will be a good day to dig out of the snow as we will see sunshine and temperatures only seasonably cool.
Rather tranquil weather for next week with a chance of rain showers on Tuesday. Temperatures will be slightly above normal Monday through Wednesday and drop to near normal for the rest of the week.
TODAY – Snow heavy at times and very windy, blizzard condtions likely, high in the upper 20s.
TONIGHT – Snow ending around midnight, low in the upper teens, total snow accumulations 18-24 inches.
SUNDAY – Mostly sunny, high in the mid 30s.
MONDAY – Mostly sunny, high in the upper 30s.
TUESDAY – Mostly cloudy with a chance of rain showers, high in the low 40s.
WEDNESDAY – Partly sunny, high near 40.
THURSDAY – Mostly sunny, high in the mid 30s.
FRIDAY – Partly sunny, high in the upper 30s.
MARINE FORECAST: Storm warning in effect till 7 a.m on Sunday for northeast winds gusting to 60 knots, seas 17-22 feet.
OUTLOOK – Small craft advisories likely on Sunday, no advisories expected during the day on Monday with advisories possible late Monday night into Tuesday.
Have a good day and stay safe!