South Jersey was expected to emerge relatively unscathed as Philadelphia and the northern areas of the state braced for another significant deposit of snow overnight.

The Mount Holly office of the National Weather Service said Monday night that areas of Atlantic, Cape May, Cumberland and Ocean counties could see as much as an inch of snow from an overnight storm expected to begin at about 3 this morning. Snow was expected to give way to a wintry mix at about 9 a.m. and become rain by afternoon as temperatures rise into the 40s.

Mount Holly office Observing Program Leader Jim Bunker said there was a chance of a light glazing of ice when the changeover happens.

Philadelphia and some in New Jersey’s northern counties could see 3 or 4 inches, according to the forecast.

The National Weather Service issued a winter weather advisory for most areas of the state, which took effect early today. Forecasters said 1 to 5 inches of snow was expected, with northern and central areas seeing the highest accumulations.

Temperatures will continue to rise to the low 50s Wednesday, and highs will remain at that level through Friday, Bunker said. There was also a potential for thunderstorm activity Friday before highs drop back into the 40s for the weekend.

The periods of snow, sleet and freezing rain today could result in slippery roads and limited visibility. Motorists were urged to use caution.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

Braden Campbell

Senior copy editor for the Press of Atlantic City. Have worked as a reporter, copy editor and news editor with the paper since 1985. A graduate of the University of Delaware.