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Artic Blast, Snow On The Way For Ocean County

Dangerously cold temperatures, high winds, snow predicted


by Patricia A. Miller


Throw another log on the fire.

While temperatures are deceptively warm today, don't get used to it.

The National Weather Service is predicting snow and bitterly cold temperatures, beginning Thursday night.

Thursday will begin with a chance of rain, cloudy skies,  a high near 42 degrees and northeast winds between 13 to 20 miles an hour, with gusts up to 30 possible.

Conditions will turn nasty Thursday night, with a sudden drop in temperatures, all the way down to 16 degrees. Between one to four inches of snow is possible, according to the NWS.

Very cold temperatures and low wind chills are expected to begin Thursday night and continue into Friday night and Saturday morning.

Winds will be from the north Thursday night, increasing to 23 to 28 miles per hour, with gusts as high as 39 miles per hour. Snow is likely Friday morning.

Skies will turn partly sunny later on Friday, but a high of only 19 degrees is expected. Friday night will be clear, with a low of 8 degrees. Winds will shift to the northwest at 22 to 25 miles per hour.

"The combination of cold temperatures and bluster winds will lead to wind chill values near or below zero during this period," the NWS website states.

There is also a potential for coastal flooding during the high tide on Friday morning, according to the NWS.
Raptor January 01, 2014 at 10:29 PM
from NOAA: 909 PM EST WED JAN 1 2014 http://forecast.weather.gov/showsigwx.php?warnzone=NJZ020&warncounty=NJC029&firewxzone=NJZ020&local_place1=&product1=Winter+Storm+Watch#.UsTbrGN3uM8 ...WINTER STORM WATCH REMAINS IN EFFECT FROM THURSDAY EVENING THROUGH FRIDAY MORNING... * HAZARD TYPES...SNOW ALONG WITH AREAS OF BLOWING AND DRIFTING SNOW. * SNOW ACCUMULATIONS...3 TO 7 INCHES ANTICIPATED. * TIMING...SNOW IS FORECAST TO DEVELOP FROM NORTHWEST TO SOUTHEAST DURING THURSDAY AFTERNOON, THEN WIDESPREAD SNOW IS EXPECTED THURSDAY NIGHT AND FRIDAY MORNING. THE PRECIPITATION SHOULD START AS SOME RAIN OR A RAIN SNOW MIX LATER THURSDAY FROM PHILADELPHIA SOUTH AND EAST BEFORE CHANGING TO ALL SNOW. * IMPACTS...TRAVEL SHOULD BECOME HAZARDOUS THURSDAY EVENING AS SNOW BEGINS TO ACCUMULATE. THIS WILL BE AN INCREASINGLY FLUFFY SNOW AND AS WINDS INCREASE THURSDAY NIGHT, BLOWING AND DRIFTING SNOW SHOULD MAKE TRAVEL EVEN MORE HAZARDOUS. ROAD PLOWING OPERATIONS WOULD BE GREATLY AFFECTED, ESPECIALLY DUE TO BLOWING AND DRIFTING SNOW AND ALSO SNOWFALL RATES NEAR AN INCH PER HOUR AT TIMES DURING THE HEIGHT OF THE STORM THURSDAY NIGHT. IT IS POSSIBLE THAT THE COMBINATION OF SNOW AND WIND CREATES NEAR BLIZZARD CONDITIONS AT TIMES, ESPECIALLY FOR AREAS CLOSER TO THE ATLANTIC COAST. * WINDS...NORTHEAST TO NORTH AT 15 TO 25 MPH WITH GUSTS 30 TO 40 MPH, THEN BECOMING NORTHWEST DURING FRIDAY. * TEMPERATURES...STARTING OUT RANGING BETWEEN ABOUT THE LOWER 30S TO LOWER 40S THURSDAY AFTERNOON WITH THE MILDER TEMPERATURES IN SOUTHERN NEW JERSEY, THEN FALLING INTO THE 20S AND TEENS THURSDAY NIGHT. ALL AREAS SHOULD BE IN THE TEENS BY DAYBREAK FRIDAY. WHERE TEMPERATURES START OUT WELL ABOVE FREEZING THURSDAY, A FLASH FREEZE CAN OCCUR THURSDAY NIGHT AS TEMPERATURES RAPIDLY DROP BELOW FREEZING AND THE SNOW INCREASES. * VISIBILITIES...LESS THAN ONE HALF OF A MILE A TIMES THURSDAY NIGHT AND EARLY FRIDAY MORNING.
Joey Joe January 02, 2014 at 08:57 AM
PS... Artic is spelled "ARCTIC"

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