A coastal storm will pass through the New Jersey region Thursday into Friday, delivering snow, ice, wind, bitterly cold temperatures, and possibly moderate coastal flooding, according to the National Weather Service office in Mount Holly, NJ.
While blockbuster snowfall amounts are not currently expected (potentially 6-8″ in northwest New Jersey, with progressively less to the south), forecasters say that the “combined impacts” of the winter storm are a concern.
The National Weather Service outlines the issues in its latest briefing package:
Even snowfall amounts of only a couple inches can cause travel problems when winds are gusting over 30 mph on Friday, producing significant visibility restrictions in blowing snow. Snow will blow back onto roadways which have been plowed.
Areas which flood from coastal flooding on Friday will ice over as the tide recedes with air temperatures in the teens & lower 20s.
There will be a significant icing problem in coastal locations from blowing spray late Thursday night into Friday. There is the potential for significant ice accumulations.
Roadway chemicals lose effectiveness as temperature get colder. Many locations will be in the teens on Friday as the snow ends.
Water pipes may freeze & burst with the very cold temperatures expected at sunrise Saturday.