After dumping nearly a foot in some locations, snow will be ending late morning for New Jersey, although dangerously cold temperatures will remain through Saturday.
A Winter Storm Warning remains in effect until 1 p.m. for the entire state. The major concern is hazardous driving conditions through the afternoon due to blowing and drifting snow, according to the National Weather Service.
“It is possible that the combination of blowing snow and wind creates near blizzard conditions at times, mainly closer to the coastal areas,” the warning advises.
As you head out to shovel, temperatures will be in the single digits and teens, but the real story is the brutal wind chills.
“The combination of very cold temperatures and increasing winds will create dangerous wind chills ranging from five below to 10 below zero,” the warning continues.
After overnight lows at or below zero Saturday, temperatures will begin to moderate, peaking in the 40s (northern areas) and around 50 (southern areas) on Monday, according to NOAA.
But it’s only a brief respite, said New York Metro Weather meteorologist John Homenuk.
“After the front passes the area on Monday, temperatures will take a historic plummet once again,” Homenuk said. “High temperatures on Tuesday may not get out of the single digits in many interior locations, and may barely cross into the teens [near New York City], as the Polar Vortex drops southward from Canada.”