Santa may have left plenty of goodies under the tree, but Mother Nature is about to leave a mess outside in Northern New Jersey.
According to the National Weather Service, Morris, Passaic and Bergen counties can expect anywhere from 3 to 5 inches of snow to blanket the area, with precipitation first appearing between 1 and 4 p.m. Wednesday afternoon. Union County can expect to see rain, snow, and sleet after 1 p.m., with snow and sleet accumulation of less than a half inch possible. Heavy rain is expected to continue through the evening in Westfield.
Compounding the snowfall, meteorologist David Stark said, is the potential of up to a quarter-inch of ice. The storm, which may also bring wind gusts of up to 45 miles per hour, won’t lighten up until sunrise Thursday, Stark said.
Essex and Union counties can expect more of a freezing rain and rain mix, which may begin as snowfall, Stark said. Those areas could also see mild to moderate flooding as a result, Stark said. Somerset County will see periods of snow and sleet Wednesday with a light accumulation, according to the National Weather Service.
Afternoon driving conditions may become “treacherous,” Stark said, as roads become slick and wind gusts could be strong enough to down trees.
The storm is progressing from Southern Pennsylvania into New Jersey and heading north, Stark said. Areas north and west, such as Sussex and Warren counties, will see a later start time to the storm, but will likely receive more snow accumulation than rain or ice, Stark said.