Newton, NJ

This Is One of the Snowiest Towns in New Jersey

Diana Rus

Newton is an incorporated municipality in Sussex County, New Jersey. It is located around 60 miles northwest of New York City.

Newton is the county seat of Sussex County because it houses the county's administrative offices and court system.

The municipal government functions under a council-manager structure established by the Faulkner Act, or Optional Municipal Charter Law, and is one of 15 municipalities in the state organized as a town.

Newton is one of the snowiest towns in New Jersey.

The snowiest town in Georgia

Summers in Newton are warm and humid, winters are freezing and snowy, and it is partly cloudy all year. Throughout the year, the temperature ranges from 19°F to 83°F, with temperatures rarely falling below 4°F or rising beyond 90°F.

The cold season lasts 3.2 months, from December 2 to March 10, with an average daily maximum temperature of less than 45°F. Newton's coldest month is January, with an average low of 21°F and a high of 36°F.

The snowy season lasts 5.1 months, from November 9 to April 13, with a typical 31-day snowfall of at least 1 inch. January has the most snow in Newton, with an average snowfall of 10.7 inches.

The lowest temperature ever recorded was -26 °F on January 21, 1994.

On January 8, 1996, the heaviest one-day snowfall was 24 inches; when combined with the next day, the total snowfall was 40 inches.

The warm season lasts 3.6 months, from May 27 to September 16, with an average daily maximum temperature exceeding 73°F. July is the hottest month in Newton, with average highs of 82°F and lows of 63°F.

The snowless season lasts 6.9 months, from April 13 to November 9. The least amount of snow falls around July 25, with a total accumulation of 0 inches.
Newton Town GreenPhoto byNewton, New Jersey/ Wikipedia


Newton, like the rest of Sussex County, has a milder humid continental climate or microthermal climate due to its location in the higher elevations of northwestern New Jersey's Appalachian highlands. This indicates significant precipitation patterns in all seasons and at least four months where the average temperature exceeds 50 °F.

This is in contrast to the rest of the state, which has a humid mesothermal climate with temperatures ranging between 27 °F and 64 °F during the coldest month of the year.
Newton, New JerseyPhoto byNewton, New Jersey/ Wikipedia

In some years, New Jersey is prone to significant storm systems capable of causing blizzards or flooding throughout the northeastern United States, during the winter and early spring. Hurricanes and tropical storms, tornadoes, and earthquakes are uncommon occurrences.

The Kittatinny Valley, north of Newton, is part of the Great Appalachian Valley and has been recognized as a microclimate region known as the "Sussex County Snow Belt".

This region receives 40 to 50 inches of snow per year, which is more than the majority of Northern New Jersey and the Northern Climate Zone.

This occurrence is due to the Kittatinny Ridge's orographic lift (Kittatinny Mountain), which influences local weather patterns by increasing humidity and precipitation.
Sussex County CourthousePhoto byNewton, New Jersey/ Wikipedia


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