Forecasters Say Major Snowstorm Heading To NY/NJ


snow1New Yorkers and New Jerseyans are bracing for another major snowstorm. AccuWeather says significant snowfall is possible across the five boroughs, Long Island and Northeast New Jersey Friday night and Shabbos.

A winter storm watch is in effect for most of the Tri-State area from Friday evening through Shabbos afternoon.

Winter-weary New Jerseyans will have to deal with another storm that is expected to bring heavy snow to southern and coastal areas, with lesser amounts forecast for the north.

The National Weather Service today issued a blizzard warning for Atlantic, Cape May, Cumberland and Ocean counties, along with southeastern Burlington County, while winter storm warnings were issued for most other counties.

Those warnings were to be in effect from 6 p.m. Friday to 7 p.m. Saturday, although forecasters warned that the storm’s track still could change as it headed toward the Mid-Atlantic region.

Forecasters say southern New Jersey could see anywhere from 18 to 24 inches, while central and northern areas could get 8 to 12 inches. Snow was expected to start in most areas by late Friday afternoon, intensify during the night and continue through most of Saturday.

State and county officials urged residents to avoid travel over the weekend, as driving conditions were expected to be treacherous in many areas.

New Jersey Department of Transportation crews were pretreating major roadways Thursday with brine solution to prevent snow from bonding to the road surface and to enhance the effectiveness of the salt that will be spread as snow starts to fall Friday.

The DOT has a fleet of about 500 trucks to plow and spread salt, supplemented by about 1,450 contractor plows and spreaders.

{AP/Noam Newscenter}