Storm to bring 1-3 inches of snow

Casey Dawson
March 7, 2018

The nor'easter will be fueled by energy from a blizzard that walloped the northern Plains and upper Midwest with heavy snow Monday, closing roads and schools in the Dakotas and Minnesota.

WEDNESDAY NIGHT: A leftover snow shower or two in the evening; otherwise, mostly cloudy and brisk.

Then again, there's always the possibility it could fizzle out (we've seen that before), but be prepared.

"Snow begins Tuesday night, with 1-2" of accumulation. This time, the winds will not be as strong, but the snow will be heavier and more widespread and likely the biggest impact of our upcoming storm.

According to, the jet stream energy from Quinn will trigger development of an intensifying area of low pressure near the Northeast coast Wednesday into Thursday. With highs around 45 to 50 degrees, it hardly felt like a significant and plowable snow is on our doorstep. The New York City Department of Sanitation has issued a Snow Alert, with Alternate Side Parking rules suspended through Thursday, as well as a hazardous travel advisory for Wednesday. Today's high will be near 39, the temperature at 8 a.m. Snow will be heavy at times Wednesday afternoon and evening.

"We definitely don't need this, but we will be prepared", said Montgomery County Emergency Services Director Jeff Smith.

The combination of heavy snow and strong winds may lead to additional tree damage and power outages, the Weather Channel warned.

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Boston and New York City only saw a trace of snow from Riley while Philadelphia picked up 1.5 inches. Most of the affected customers are in northern Jersey, and the new storm will likely result in another round of outages. Some areas may see even more than 12 inches locally.

We have reviewed models predicting approximately one-foot of snow, with increased totals of up to 20-inches in higher elevation areas. Farther west from there, amounts will diminish, perhaps rather sharply.

A Winter Storm Warning has been issued for several counties beginning at 7 p.m. Tuesday.

The National Weather Service expects the snow to gradually diminish, but winds are expected to remain strong.

Wednesday, it will be mostly sunny with a high near 43 and a northwest wind of 9 to 11 miles per hour, the weather service said.

Jersey Central Power & Light has pushed back electric restoration estimates for Morristown and Morris Township to late on Thursday, March 8, 2018.

South Jersey and DE are looking at totals in the 3-6 inch range as the coastal storm brings them mostly rain to start the day. The cool pattern looks to remain indefinitely through at least the first half of next week.

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