Weekend storm: The farther north you live, the greater the wintry impacts

     The AccuWeather.com depiction of the storm impacts: reduced snowfall amounts from north to south.

    The AccuWeather.com depiction of the storm impacts: reduced snowfall amounts from north to south.

    A winter storm will move through the New Jersey region beginning Saturday morning, delivering a mélange of snow, sleet, freezing rain, and rain.

    But the impact depends on where you live, forecasters say.

    “Precipitation will likely begin as snow almost everywhere, but a change-over to sleet, freezing rain and plain rain is expected from south to north. Precipitation may remain all snow or a snow/sleet/freezing rain mixture for areas north and west of Philadelphia/Trenton,” the National Weather Service advises in its latest briefing

    By the time the storm departs Sunday morning, the National Weather Service is calling for eight to 10 inches in the highest elevations of northwest New Jersey, with progressively less snowfall to the south: six to eight inches along the I-78 corridor, four to six in northern Central Jersey and two to four in southern Central Jersey, one to two inches along the southern I-95 corridor, and less than an inch in coastal areas. 

    AccuWeather.com is calling for similar precipitation amounts, with reduced amounts from north to south.

    New York Metro Weather’s John Homenuk says there’s a wrinkle in the forecast, noting in his organization’s latest briefing that the rain-snow line will have to be watched.

    “When combined with the deep cold arctic air entrenched in the area upon its arrival, the storm seems likely to produce a fairly significant amount of snow and ice, especially away from the coast,” Homenuk advises. “But warmer air moving in aloft, and eventually at the surface, presents a forecast headache — as precipitation type will be difficult to predict.”

    Stay tuned to Jersey Shore Hurricane News for live coverage of the event. 

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