Overnight blizzard forecast for NJ: Snow and wind finally fade
New Jersey's weather will gradually improve through early Sunday morning as blizzard conditions come to an end.
As of this writing, a Blizzard Warning continues until 7 a.m. for most of New Jersey. Roads are snowy and icy, and visibility remains very low.
There will still be bands of moderate to heavy snow moving through the state for most of this evening. Snow will eventually taper off, from northwest to southeast, in the early morning hours of Sunday. I think by 4 a.m. to 6 a.m. the final bands of snow will finally move off-shore. Before that happens, we could accumulate yet another 4 to 6 inches.
Widespread 20+ inch snowfall totals have been observed across much of New Jersey, obviously making this one of the biggest snowstorms in recent memory (and in recorded history too). We picked up about an entire winter season's worth of snowfall in just a day and a half. Incredible.
The wind will continue to gust to about 40 mph until at least midday on Sunday. Even though the snow will stop falling, blowing snow will continue to make for poor visibility.
Concerns over moderate to major flooding continue, with high tides along the Jersey Shore expected around the 7 p.m. hour and the 7 a.m. hour. These tidal levels will be similar to or just below Saturday morning's surge crest, which caused some dramatic water inundation along New Jersey's southern coast. I don't think there's much you can do about the tidal flooding at this point, other than holding your breath and hoping for the best.
The snow will begin to slowly melt as early as Sunday afternoon... but it will obviously take a while! High temperatures should actually climb above freezing every day this week! Monday looks nice and sunny, causing lots of melting (especially on treated blacktop surfaces).
Stay tuned for the latest traffic, weather, and news updates through the rest of the weekend, as New Jersey digs out from this doozy of a blizzard!