What could be the strongest winter storm of the season will impact New Jersey and eastern Pennsylvania on Monday, with upwards of 10 inches of snow and ice.
While high temperatures on Sunday will be in the mid 40's, cold air will rush into the area Sunday night and temperatures should be at or below freezing by midnight on Sunday and will remain below freezing until Wednesday.
The following weather conditions are expected for this storm:
On Sunday, cloudy and mild with light rain starting by sunset. Temperatures will quickly fall during the evening and should be at or below freezing by midnight.
On Monday, Rain will quickly change over to a wintry mix and to all snow prior to sunrise. A couple inches of snow and ice possible by sunrise on Monday. Heavy snow on Monday will end Monday evening. Snow accumulation of 6 to 10 inches with localized greater amounts on Monday. Winds will gust up to 25 mph, causing blowing and drifting of the snow.
Near-record setting cold air will enter the area Monday night as nighttime lows will be around 5 degrees with wind chills below zero.
Snow fighting equipment in towns such as Barnegat and Waretown have been inspected and is ready to be deployed with the start of winter weather. In addition, roads are being pretreated over the weekend with a salt solution.
Local officials are urging residents to monitor weather forecasts over the weekend. While there is always some uncertainty regarding exact timing and amount of snow, there is "no question" that a major winter storm will impact the area on Monday, the National Weather Service reports.
Many towns advise to please plan now to remove all street parked vehicles off the roadways by Sunday evening. Once the storm commences please stay off the roads if possible. This will allow for emergency vehicles to respond to call for service and for better plowing conditions.