This is my first newspaper but not my first forecast for NJ. I graduated with a B.S. in Meteorology from Rutgers. Two TV internships gave me a taste for the newsroom. Then, after nearly 4 years in private NJ weather, I'm forecasting South Jersey for you.

UPDATE: The Correct Snow Map is in the Article

The likelihood for snow Saturday has increased. While not a major event, isolated issues are expected.

We still have a few bright spots on the map for this typical December morning.

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However, any bright skies will give way to thickening clouds during the afternoon. Perhaps a spotty shower comes into Cape May County. It will be these clouds that help keep temperatures below average Friday. I am forecasting a high in the mid 40s, enough to keep a jacket on throughout the day.

Keep the jacket all weekend also. We will be hard pressed to crack 40 degrees on the thermometer. More importantly, we are closing in on what will be our first snowfall of the season.

It’s a big system, stretching from the Carolinas to Texas, where South Texas already saw snow before us (crazy, I know).

Light snow, mixing with rain at times along the coast and in Cape May County, arrives during the pre-dawn hours Saturday. With the night timing and temperatures below freezing, some snow should stick to the roads. During the day, though, it will need moderate to heavy snow to stick. Snow/rain showers then end during the afternoon.

I am still holding out hope that the holiday parades for Saturday evening are snow-free.

It will be close. Regardless, wet areas likely refreeze at night as the sun goes down and temperatures fall below freezing.

About 0.5 to 1.5 inches of snow are expected from Atlantic City down into much of Cape May County. Western Atlantic and Cumberland counties should see this as well. The sweet spot will be the rest of Atlantic and eastern Cumberland, where 1.5 to 3 inches are expected (mainly on the grass).

In short, while this is a minor event, it is rare for the eastern portion of South Jersey to “cash in” on totals. If you miss out Saturday, we will have another chance for flakes Sunday, though it is under 50 percent.

Monday will be dry, but we will stay below average. We then watch Tuesday for another shot of a rain/snow mix.

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