NJ Weather: Winter storm warning issued for 7 counties as total snow forecast increases

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A winter storm warning has been issued for seven New Jersey counties with a large storm expected to bring more than a foot of snow and potentially up to 24 inches over much of the state by Thursday morning.

The alert is in effect for Sussex, Warren, Morris, Hunterdon, Somerset, Middlesex and Mercer from 10 a.m. Wednesday to 10 a.m. Thursday, the National Weather Service said Tuesday.

Forecasters say heavy mixed precipitation with at least a foot of snow is expected in Morris, Hunterdon, Somerset, Middlesex and Mercer, with snow moving from the southwest to the northeast on Wednesday morning into the early afternoon . Sleet and freezing rain can sometimes mix and light icing is possible

The outlook for Sussex and Warren includes even more snow – 20 to 24 inches. Snow is expected to become abundant Wednesday afternoon and evening.

A major winter storm is expected to hit New Jersey Wednesday and Thursday with at least a foot of snow across much of the state and a potential of up to 24 inches.Accuweather

Wind gusts of up to 35 mph are forecast for the Seven County area.

The five northeastern counties – Berge, Essex, Hudson, Passaic and Union – are still under winter storm watch from Wednesday afternoon through Thursday. Forecasters call for 12 to 17 inches of snow in these counties along with wind gusts of up to 45 mph.

Winter storm watches also remain in effect for Monmouth, Burlington, Camden, Gloucester and Salem counties. At least five inches of snow as well as heavy mixed precipitation is expected.

Potential power outages are and impassable roads will be the main dangers.

Minimal snowfall is expected in Atlantic coastal counties and Cape May.

Forecasters are also calling for wind gusts of up to 40 mph and up to 50 mph along the New Jersey coast, where minor to moderate flooding is possible.

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