Winter Storm Watch for the Shore says potential for “significant snow”



The National Weather Service has issued a Winter Storm Watch for the entire Jersey Shore.

Weather model guidance has continually depicted a low pressure system developing off the southeastern coast and then rapidly intensifying as it tracks northward over the ocean past the Mid-Atlantic and New England coasts on Wednesday night into Thursday.

As of early this afternoon, the National Weather Service has seen enough to sound the alarms.

“While the impacts including snow amounts will be highly dependent on the rapidly intensifying offshore storm later Wednesday night and Thursday, there are enough model signals for potentially significant snow amounts and therefore a watch has been issued,” forecasters wrote in an afternoon discussion.

The service notes that confidence is “moderate” in terms of snowfall totals, adding that any change in the track could increase or decrease accumulations.

Here’s what the watch says (note that accumulations are absolutely subject to change over the next 36 hours):

* WHAT…Heavy snow possible. Plan on difficult travel conditions,
including during the morning commute on Thursday. Total snow
accumulations of 4 to 6 inches are possible.

* WHERE…Portions of central and southern New Jersey.

* WHEN…Wednesday night through late Thursday afternoon.

* ADDITIONAL DETAILS…Strong winds may result in considerable
blowing and drifting snow. Significant reductions in visibility
are possible.

Then, according to the National Weather Service, it will be colder Thursday night through Saturday night than it was on New Year’s Eve and Day (near record cold Friday and Saturday).