From the Record:
With predictions of snow accumulations ranging up to 3 feet, people across North Jersey started preparing Sunday for The Big One, snatching snow shovels and ice-melting supplies from store shelves and forming long lines at supermarket checkout counters to stock up on staples like milk, bread, eggs and water.
The National Weather Service predicted a record-setting snowstorm, with blizzard conditions and zero visibility. The storm was expected to start gradually before 9 a.m. Monday — but the region was warned to look for a total of 2 to 3 feet of snow by the time it was expected to end Tuesday night.
“This storm will be extremely impactful, if not life-threatening,” said meteorologist Tim Morrin of the National Weather Service.
And with temperatures predicted to remain below freezing through Wednesday, even a day of clear skies would have no melting effect before the possibility of a little more snow Thursday night, Morrin said.
“We’re warning of the possibility of whiteout conditions throughout the area from 7 p.m. Monday to 7 p.m. Tuesday,” Morrin said. “We are not recommending anyone to be on the road from Monday afternoon through Wednesday.”
Morrin said wind-driven, light powdery snow could result in drifts that “even snowplows will have difficulty getting through.”
The detailed forecast from the National Weather Service for the North Jersey area called for snow to start before 9 a.m. today, with a possible accumulation of 1 to 3 inches by nightfall.
Then, the weather service said, 10 to 16 inches more will accumulate tonight, accompanied by winds of 16 to 26 mph with gusts up to 40 mph. Some thunder is also possible. The low temperature will be around 20 degrees and, with the wind-chill factor, feel between zero and 10.
Widespread blowing snow all day Tuesday is likely to add 9 to 13 inches more, and the temperature will continue to feel as if it was between zero and 10, with winds gusting up to 41 mph during the day. The winds are expected to ease somewhat on Tuesday night — and so is the snowfall, with an additional 1 or 2 inches possible, the weather service said.