Replay the Northeast with our updates throughout the weekend | Local News
I’ve split South Jersey into three parts, reflecting the snow forecast.
Area one roughly covers the Garden State Parkway east of The Brick in Dennis Township. Here, the snow will start between 6 and 9 p.m. on Friday and end between 3 and 5 p.m.
The snow will be light Friday evening but will pick up after midnight. Heavy snow, 1 to 3 inches per hour, will fall Saturday morning. The roads will be very dangerous. Blizzard conditions will threaten, meaning wind gusts over 35 mph with visibility less than a quarter mile due to snow. Airline delays at Atlantic City International Airport can be significant.
The potential for damaging winds and power outages will be present midday and afternoon, so keep all devices charged for as long as possible. Winds will shift from east Friday night to northeast Friday night through Saturday morning to north Saturday afternoon.
Zone two covers the rest of The Press of Atlantic City’s coverage area. Here, the snow will start on Friday from 7-10 p.m. and end on Saturday from 2-4 p.m., first in towns like Shiloh and towards Toms River and Brick.
The snow will be light Friday evening and will increase in intensity after midnight Friday. Snow will be heavy at times, 1-2 inches per hour. However, heavy snow will not fall as frequently as in zone one.
Winds will be gusty, although power outages and wind damage should be kept to a minimum. However, blowing snow and snow drift will be likely, and blizzard conditions will be possible briefly. Air travel to Trenton-Mercer Airport and Newark Liberty International Airport can very well have delays, so check with your carrier ahead of time.
Zone three covers the New Jersey Turnpike corridor in the southern half of the state. The snow will start from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. Friday and end Saturday from noon to 2 p.m. Snow will be light over the majority of the system. However, moderate snowfall, with snowfall rates of half an inch to an inch per hour, may occur Saturday morning.
Blowing snow and snow drift will be possible, but the winds will not be strong enough or the snow high enough to cause serious problems. Blizzard conditions are not expected. Air travel at Philadelphia International Airport may be affected, but is not expected to be as significant as commercial airports in New Jersey.
The National Weather Service’s Winter Storm Severity Index (WSSI) paints a picture of an “extreme” event for the Jersey Shore, with a high event for those on either side of the Garden State Parkway. A moderate event is then expected for those further inland.