Nor’easter nears: wintry mix far northwest today; strong winds at coast later

     Radar at 9:30 a.m. today. (Image courtesy of Weather Underground)

    Radar at 9:30 a.m. today. (Image courtesy of Weather Underground)

    The nor’easter that is expected to cause significant holiday travel problems is quickly approaching the New Jersey region Tuesday morning. 

    [To read last night’s comprehensive report on the storm, click here.]

    The higher elevations of northwest New Jersey and the Poconos are already experiencing wintry precipitation, prompting the National Weather Service to issue a Winter Weather Advisory for Warren and Sussex counties in New Jersey from noon today until 10 p.m. tonight.

    Forecasters expect up to an inch of snow and a tenth of an inch of ice in the area, with the latter occurring mainly in the higher elevations.

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    “Spotty light snow may occur this morning, with steadier precipitation developing this afternoon. The most likely time for freezing rain is late this afternoon and early this evening,” the advisory states. 

    Any wintry precipitation in the higher elevations is expected to turn over the rain as the nor’easter approaches and warmer air streams in off the ocean. 

    Elsewhere, the National Weather Service has issued a Wind Advisory for coastal counties from midnight tonight until 10 a.m. tomorrow.

    Forecasters expect winds at 20 to 30 mph, with gusts to 50 mph. 

    “The strong wind gusts can be dangerous for high profile vehicles and may also cause some power outages in tree limbs break and knock down some wires,” the advisory states. 

    Storm impacts will peak overnight through Wednesday morning, subsiding later in the day and clearing for Thanksgiving. 

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