Tuesday, March 20th, 2018
A message from Morris County OEM:
Spring has sprung; said no one in NJ. The National Weather Services has issued a Hazardous Weather Outlook and Winter Storm Warning for northern New Jersey starting this evening at 6pm through 2am Thursday.
The forecast data suggests that scattered light to moderate snow showers will move into our area this evening and last through Wednesday morning before steadier moderate to heavy snow begins to fall. The moderate to heavy snow will last through around midnight Thursday morning, with scattered snow showers possible through 5-6 am. The heaviest snow will fall from Wednesday afternoon/evening when snowfall rates will sit at or slightly above 1” per hour. Total snow accumulations is currently forecasted as 4-8” with the possibility of 10-15” in some models.
Winds will start the day today out of the east/northeast at 7-10 mph, and then slowly speed up to 12-18 mph out of the northeast by 6 am Wednesday. Winds will blow from 14-18 mph from Wednesday morning through Thursday morning, starting from the northeast, slowly transitioning to the northwest.
It is possible that we may experience difficult travel conditions, Wednesday afternoon/evening. In addition, significant reductions in visibility is possible. Roads in the hilly areas may become impassable if the 1”+ per hour snowfall rates develop. Power outages are also possible. Please check the road conditions and forecast data BEFORE you make a decision to travel.
Please know how long your commute will take so you do not find yourself on the roadways when road conditions may not warrant travel. During the last storm, we found many people on the roadways when they should not have been. We had plows and emergency vehicles impacted with roadways that were impassable because of motorists that should not have been out driving. Major roadways became parking lots and we had to dedicate emergency resources to address issues that were easily avoidable.