If you have outdoor plans for Saturday, it’s best to make them early. Winter storm expected to dump up to 10 inches of snow on parts of northern New Jersey and heavy rain is likely to begin across the rest of the state sometime in the afternoon.
Snow is expected to begin falling sometime between 2 p.m. and 5 p.m. along and north of the Interstate 78 corridor in the western part of the state, according to meteorological jobs Chief Meteorologist Joe Slezak.
TO Winter storm warning It was issued for Morris, Sussex and Warren beginning at 1 p.m. Saturday, along with a winter storm warning beginning at 6 p.m. for Passaic and western Bergen counties. A winter weather advisory is also in effect for Hunterdon County as of 1 pm Saturday.
In northeastern New Jersey counties, light snow should begin falling in the evening, around 4:45 p.m.
While the snow will start out light and could even mix with rain at the start of the storm, it will quickly increase in intensity with 1 inch per hour possible Saturday night in areas expecting the highest snowfall totals.
“About 90 to 95% of what will actually stick will come from sunset until about midnight,” Slezak said. “There’s a period of about six hours where we get the vast majority of our backlog.”
He National Metereological Service is calling for snow to begin falling heavily after 4 pm and for “peak intensity” to also last until about 1 am Sunday.
WeatherWorks, a private forecasting company based in Hackettstown, says Sussex and Warren counties will pick up about 6 inches of snow. Hunterdon, Morris and Essex should see around 2 to 4 inches with a layer of an inch expected further east.
The weather service is a little more optimistic about snow totals: It says Sussex will get 6 to 10 inches, while Morris and Warren will end up with 4 to 8.
Interestingly, the first flakes in the Garden State will arrive in areas that will end up with no accumulation. Very light snow could begin around lunchtime in Burlington, Camden and Gloucester counties, although, as Slezak said, “it won’t matter” as temperatures will be above freezing. The snow then continues to move from southwest to northeast.
Overnight, most of the state will see light rain or light drizzle that will continue into the day Sunday, Slezak said.
While the storm won’t be completely clear of our area until Sunday afternoon, there will be little to no additional accumulation anywhere in the state on Sunday, Slezak added.