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Winter Weather Advisory Issued for Ocean County

MOUNT HOLLY-The National Weather Service has issued an advisory for the storm passing through the area tonight and this evening.

A dangerous nor`easter producing heavy, wet snow, will have high impact and potential for numerous new power outages and some tree damage from eastern Pennsylvania into northern and western New Jersey.

A compact but powerful nor`easter will skirt the New Jersey coast this afternoon before heading toward Cape Cod this evening. It will produce periods of heavy precipitation.

All locations along and west of the Interstate 95 corridor are vulnerable to heavy snow, with the greatest uncertainty within 20 miles east of Interstate 95.

Otherwise, there is very high confidence that this storm will make travel difficult or nearly impossible at times late this morning and this afternoon across much of eastern Pennsylvania and northern New Jersey, basically from near Philadelphia, west and north to the New York state border and beyond.

Highest snow accumulations will be in the hilly areas. Unnecessary travel is not recommended today. Thereafter, communities will need tonight and Thursday morning to dig out. Caution is advised for those with heart problems as overexertion removing wet snow could prompt a heart attack.

Plan on slippery road conditions, including during the evening commute. Be prepared for reduced visibilities at times. Snowfall rates of nearly 2 inches an hour are expected at times through 7 PM. If the snow is wet and clings to trees and wires, then branches would break and power outages would result.

Here’s the latest NWS weather forecast…

Today
Rain, snow, and sleet, becoming all snow after 4pm. Some thunder is also possible. High near 38. East wind 15 to 18 mph becoming north in the afternoon. Chance of precipitation is 100%. Total daytime snow and sleet accumulation of 1 to 3 inches possible.
Tonight
A chance of rain and snow before 11pm, then a slight chance of snow between 11pm and 1am. Cloudy, then gradually becoming partly cloudy, with a low around 31. West wind 13 to 15 mph, with gusts as high as 26 mph. Chance of precipitation is 40%. New snow accumulation of less than a half inch possible.
Thursday
Mostly sunny, with a high near 44. West wind 15 to 17 mph.
Thursday Night
Mostly cloudy, with a low around 27. West wind 10 to 14 mph.
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