A streak of frigid temperatures that has frozen lakes and bays in the area is not expected to end anytime soon; and residents can expect to see accumulating snow later this week.
According to Press meteorologist Joe Martucci, shore areas in Atlantic, Cape May, and Ocean counties could see 4-7 inches of snow on Thursday to go along with the frigid temperatures.
"This is going to expand quickly and will be a big storm," Martucci said. "The question is how much of it is going to hit land?"
Communities on the western side of the parkway will likely see 2-4 inches of snow, Martucci added.
Wednesday morning afternoon, the National Weather Service issued a winter storm warning for Atlantic, Cape May and Ocean counties. Meanwhile, Cumberland is in the less severe Winter Weather Advisory.
Martucci said he expects the snow to start anywhere between 12 a.m. and 3 a.m. Thursday morning.
"The Thursday morning commute is going to be messy," he said, adding that there will be sustained winds of 15-25 miles per hour. "There will also be minor coastal flooding."
As we look ahead into a new year and month, brutal cold is on the menu.
Tuesday is extremely chilly with record-breaking cold temperatures. A sunny sky prevails with a high of only 24 and a low of 9. Wind chill values will be very unforgiving, sinking to -6 throughout the day and night. The sensation of negative temperatures is astonishingly harsh, and caution must be taken during any time spent outside.
Wednesday appears to be a bit warmer as we climb a couple of degrees above freezing throughout the day at 34. Clouds will meander in Wednesday afternoon. At night we remain in the low 20s. Snow showers will likely work their way in overnight into the early morning hours Thursday.
Thursday brings snow with a surface low-pressure system charging up the coast. A simple west or east shift in this system could alter the forecast storm track from little accumulation to a heavy snow event.
Generally, there will be snow showers throughout Thursday with the potential for increased snowfall closer to the coast. Strong winds will persist, as well, with gusts up to 40 mph.
Blustery and cold is expected for Friday, with a resurgence of arctic air from the northwest. The day will only bring teens for the high temperature. Winds will remain robust. Friday night’s low will be the coldest yet at only 4.
This weekend we will dry out as high pressure makes a return. Saturday will have sunshine but there will be no reprieve from the cold.
Sunday brings an ever so slight increase with a high of 28 with a few clouds.
Finally, we are spared from this stagnant frigidity as we reach the upper 30s throughout Monday.
Contributing: Alexa Trischler, a recent graduate of Rutgers University with a B.S. in meteorology, is filling in while Press Meteorologist Joe Martucci is away.