Snow could fall at 2 inches per hour in New Jersey

Snow projections from the National Weather Service.

Snow projections from the National Weather Service.

Updated: 5:15 a.m.

A winter storm arriving in New Jersey this morning is expected to dump heavy wet snow at a rate that could create dangerous driving conditions. Forecasters said we could see as much as 2 inches of snow per hour in some areas.

At 4 a.m. the National Weather Service said the snow line extended from just northwest of the Philadelphia area across northern New Jersey to just north of Long Island.

Snowfall predictions

Central and Northern New Jersey – 8-11 inches of snow
Southern Jersey – 3-6 inches of snow

The National Weather Service said it expects significant impacts for drivers Thursday morning because, in addition to heavy snow, gusty winds (15-40 mph) will reduce visibility.

The heavy wet snow is also expected to stick to tree branches, increasing the chance that power lines could get knocked down.

Minor coastal flooding is expected during this morning’s high tide between 6 and 8 a.m. mainly from Ocean County and southward to Cape May.

The timeline

Rain to snow transition: By 7 a.m. in the I-95 corridor. By 9 a.m. closer to the coast.

Heaviest snow: 6-11 a.m. Snowfall rates up to 2 inches per hour, with thunder possible.

Ending Time: 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. from west to east.

Localized snowfall predictions:

Atlantic County

Atlantic City – 1 inch

Burlington County

Moorestown – 4 to 6 inches

Camden County

Cherry Hill – 3 to 5 inches

Cape May County

Cape May – 1 inch

Cumberland County

Millville – 1 to 3 inches

Gloucester County

Glassboro – 3 to 5 inches

Mercer County

Princeton – 6-10 inches

Ocean County

Ocean City – 1 inch

Salem County

Pennsville – 2 to 4 inches

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