Minor snow accumulations expected at the Jersey Shore tomorrow

     Snowy Sandy Hook dunes in Dec. 2009. (Photo: Miguel Vieira via Flickr)

    Snowy Sandy Hook dunes in Dec. 2009. (Photo: Miguel Vieira via Flickr)

    Minor snow accumulations are on tap for tomorrow as a disturbance moves through the region, forecasters say.

    The Alberta Clipper system, a fast moving low pressure system that forms in southwestern Canada and moves through the northern United States, will arrive late tonight, with snow overspreading the area around rush hour tomorrow, according to the National Weather Service. 

    “The snow has the potential to adversely impact daytime travel,” a Hazardous Weather Outlook issued by the National Weather Service office in Mount Holly, NJ advises. 

    Forecasters expect one to two inches of snow to fall, with higher amounts to three inches possible in southern areas, tapering off during the afternoon and ending around the evening rush hour. 

    But this week’s big story will be the brutal cold that arrives after the Alberta Clipper system.

    “Temperatures will likely stay below freezing through Saturday for a majority of the area,” wrote Jared Klein, a National Weather Service meteorologist at the Mount Holly office, in a Forecast Discussion. “The heart of the Arctic air that takes aim at our region late Wednesday and Thursday will be on par with the cold outbreak that we experienced last year in late January.”

    At Barnegat Light, NOAA forecasts a low of 14 degrees Wednesday night and a daytime high of 25 degrees Thursday, with a brisk wind making it feel colder. 

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