NJ Weather: Is a snowstorm looming on Super Bowl Sunday? Don’t bet on it yet.


Even though temperatures have turned milder and could hit 60 degrees in parts of New Jersey early this weekend, don’t assume winter is over just yet.

Forecasters say another blast of cold air will blow in from Canada on Sunday and there is a coastal storm risk it could bring snowpack to the Garden State on Super Bowl Sunday or possibly early Monday when Valentine’s Day is celebrated.

But don’t bet on snow. Forecasters of AccuWeather and the National Weather Service say there is a high degree of uncertainty this far, and computer guidance models have been inconsistent in trying to determine the storm’s development and track.

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The National Weather Service office at Mount Holly says it is confident that a key snow ingredient – cold air – will be in place on Sunday. However, big questions remain about the placement, track and intensity of a low pressure system that is expected to form near the Carolina coast and possibly move north and east down the coast. Atlantic.

AccuWeather forecasters say it’s possible a winter storm will sweep up the Atlantic coast on Super Bowl Sunday and bring snowpack to New Jersey and other eastern states. And a lot of cold air will blow from Canada.AccuWeather

During a public discussion of the forecast on Wednesday afternoon, the weather service said it was also uncertain if the storm system would interact with other energetic elements in the atmosphere, and that will play a significant role in the New Jersey snow Sunday or Monday.

AccuWeather forecasters say there is a chance that “snow or a winter mix could spread north along the Interstate 95 corridor of the Mid-Atlantic and New England from Sunday through Monday.”

However, they note that it’s also possible the storm could be “carried out to sea before moving very far north along the Atlantic coast.” In this case, dry air would infiltrate and the area from Washington, DC to Philadelphia, New York and Boston would be spared travel-disrupting snow or winter mixing.

Bottom line: At this time, it’s too early for forecasters to have a good idea of ​​how this potential storm will unfold.

But it’s something to be aware of, in case you plan to travel on Super Bowl Sunday or Valentine’s Day.

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Len Melisurgo can be reached at [email protected].


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