Meteorologists warn residents up the East Coast from NC to MA of potential nor’ easter forming off Atlantic Coast.
Heavy snow, strong winds, and coastal flooding are expected for parts of the east coast starting Friday. The forecast holds a higher degree of uncertainty than usual for this type of winter storm.
Winter Storm Watches have been issued by the Nation Weather Service for Friday night into Saturday as far south as easter North Carolina, up through NJ, PA, NY, CT, and MA.
The storm is likely to become a bomb cyclone – a low-pressure system with fronts with low pressure dropping at least 24 millibars in 24 hours or less. Lower pressure storms are more powerful.
There are doubts from meteorologists on the exact path the storm will take as it works its way up the east coast.
Southern New England has the highest probability for heavy snow and winds while the tristate area (NY, NJ, PA) could also see heavy snow and winds but confidence in the storm's outlook is lower in this area.
The storm is predicted to begin Friday morning with light snow, making for potentially slippery travel conditions, and intensify into Friday night. By Saturday the storm should hit its peak off the coast of New England. Avoid travel at this time Saturday.
By Sunday, snow will begin to taper off and temperatures will stay low with wind chill in the single digits.
In our state, southern NJ is expected to see the most snow, with a potential for up to 8”, with northern NJ could see as much as 5” of snow.
With the high degree of uncertainty in the Nation Weather Service’s forecast, state officials encourage New Jersey residents to be prepared for the worst as this powerful Nor'Easter approaches our area making an impact Friday morning.