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New Jersey Weather: Winter Storm on the Way

weather_opt_copy_copy_copy_copyBY STEVE DIMARTINO
NEWJERSEYNEWSROOM.COM

The players are now on the field. In other words, we can now see all the factors right in front of us that will produce a powerful winter storm for all of the Philadelphia and New York City metropolitan areas producing a variety of winter weather results.

For today, high pressure over Quebec will be in control producing scattered cloud cover through this afternoon. This high-pressure system will drive cold air into the Philadelphia and New York City metropolitan areas on the heels of a northerly wind at 5 to 10 mph. Temperatures will rise into the upper 20s to lower 30s over the interior and mid 30s along the coast.

Clouds will increase tonight as an area of low pressure over the Upper Mid West and a low-pressure system along the Southeast coast will start to interact and phase into one storm. Winds will veer to the northeast at 5 to 15 mph. Temperatures will fall into the upper 10s to lower 20s over the interior and mid 20s along the coast.

As a coastal low-pressure system starts to rapidly develop off the Mid Atlantic tomorrow morning, snow and rain showers will start to develop. Precipitation will become wide spread late tomorrow morning through tomorrow afternoon. Over southern New Jersey and the Philadelphia metropolitan area the precipitation will be a mix of sleet and rain while over the New York City metropolitan area a mix of snow, sleet, and rain can be expected. Further north, all snow is expected. As the storm rapidly intensifies tomorrow night, all locations will go over to snow, which will be heavy at times. Regardless of precipitation type, winds will be strong from the northeast at 10 to 20 mph with gusts over 40 mph. Also, significant coastal flooding can be expected on Friday night through early Saturday morning. Visibility on Friday night will fall to near zero at times. Temperatures on Friday afternoon will range from the upper 20s to lower 30s over the interior and mid to upper 30s along the coast. Temperatures will push into the lower 40s over southern New Jersey.

The storm will exit on Saturday morning with high pressure in control Saturday afternoon through Sunday with scattered cloud cover expected. High pressure is expected to remain in control through Tuesday with scattered cloud cover and moderating temperatures. A cold front will slowly move through on Wednesday with scattered showers. Temperatures on Saturday and Sunday will struggle in the lower to mid 30s for highs and upper 10s to mid 20s for lows. Temperatures on Monday through Wednesday will range from the upper 30s to mid 40s for highs and upper 20s to mid 30s for lows.

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