Snow Showers

Matt Torres of Atlantic County Public Works salts the sidewalk outside the county courthouse in Mays Landing.

6:15 p.m. Update: The storm is wrapping up. The winter storm warning and winter weather advisories have been cancelled. The snow will push out of Atlantic County by 7 p.m. I have a complete recap of the totals, history and hows of the storm. 

Here were the highest totals, as of 6:15 p.m. 

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Snow Totals

Here are the highest snow totals by a trained storm spotter, weather station or broadcast media for Wednesday's system. 

Update: Snow is on its way out of the region. Of course, it was only South Jersey and some of Philly that saw the snow. 

The snow has already ended in western Cumberland and Atlantic Counties. Cape May, West Cape May, Cape May Point, Wildwood Crest, Lower Township didn't see much snow at all Wednesday.

For the remainder of The Press' coverage region, snow will end between 5 p.m. to 7 p.m., exiting off of Atlantic County last. 

Update: It looks awefully different between Cape May and Brigantine at 4:15 p.m. 

Cape May has seen not a flake of snow on Wednesday and you can almost see the sun setting!

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Cape May

Meanwhile, Brigantine hasn't stopped snowing since Wednesday morning. They have seen nearly 6 inches of snow. 

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Brigantine

Update: Brigantine Mayor Phil Guenther confirmed that police are stationed on the Brigantine bridge to monitor driver’s speed and encourage people to slow down because the conditions are “slick.” He said that no accidents have happened today.

Update: As of 1 p.m. Wednesday, 1.5 inches of snow has fallen at our headquarters in Pleasantville; 2 inches of snow has fallen in Mays Landing. The combination of the previous snow, in addition to future forecasts has put Atlantic County into a Winter Storm Warning through 6 p.m.

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Snow Ocean View

Ocean View was a winter wonderland on Wednesday afternoon

The Winter Weather Advisory was also expanded into Cape May and Cumberland Counties, which will be in effect until 6 p.m. Ocean County remains in a Winter Weather Advisory. 

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NWS Hazards

A winter storm warning is in effect for Atlantic County until 6 p.m. All other counties in South Jersey are in a winter weather advisory until 6 p.m. 

The snow, which was light for much of the morning, has become heavier as the afternoon occurred. Moderate snow, with a visibility between a quarter and three-quarters of a mile, have become common in parts of Atlantic and Cumberland Counties. 

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The boardwalk is snowy in Atlantic City. 

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The boardwalk is snowy in Atlantic City. 

The story for this starts a few thousand feet about our heads. At the 850 millibar level, about 5,000 feet high, South Jersey is in a region of frontogenesis, or an area where a localized front forms. In this case, the inverted trough that we've talked about for a few days is helping with this. 

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Convergence

Note how the winds are meeting together from the north and from the west just around Atlantic County. This is called a "convergence zone" and leads to heavy precipitation. 

Note where the winds are meeting, in Atlantic County and extending offshore. Now, look at where the snow is falling. 

Where the convegence sets up, the heaviest snow has set up as well. These bands are dropping quick, 10-15 minute bursts of heavy snow. In between, and elsewhere, a light to moderate snow is falling.

Temperatures are below freezing everywhere where it is snowing. This is helping to keep the snow sticking to the pavements, which have been below freezing. Where it is not, it is in the mid to upper 30s.

Snow will continue for the afternoon. After school activities have already been cancelled in some locations. Buses will need a little extra time getting back. A crowded commute on the roads will be likely. 

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Radar Loop

The snow will continue for the afternoon, ending around rush hour, between 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. 

Snowfall totals have been bumped up slightly, but kept the same zones. 2 to 4 inches will now be expected in the highest spots in Atlantic County, southern Ocean and northern Cape May county. Meanwhile, a coating to 2 inches will be likely in other locations. 

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Snow Map

The system will bring one of the more unusual snow maps you'll see in South Jersey. A stripe of 2 to 4 inches will be expected for eastern Burlington, Atlantic, and parts of Cape May and southern Ocean counties. Localized 6 inch amounts will not be ruled out, but will be unlikely. 

We will need to watch for re-freeze Wednesady night! Temperatures will drop below freezing around midnight, causing black ice. Be careful and throw salt down if you can. 

Original Story

The only blip in an otherwise dry week is on Wednesday. Something called an “inverted trough” will poke into New Jersey, bringing accumulating snow, plowable in some parts, to South Jersey. A winter weather advisory will be in effect for Ocean and Atlantic counties through 6 p.m. 

Snow, mixing with rain, has already started to break out on Absecon Island at 6:30 a.m. This will continue until it reaches its fullest extent of coverage around 10 a.m. Here is what you need to know.

Timing

The snow has already broken out for Atlantic County. That is about it, though. This will spread in coverage throughout the morning, reaching southern Ocean County as well as parts of Cumberland and Cape May Counties.

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Canadian Model

The Canadian model has done the best job with the system, in my opinion. Here is the loop from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. Wednesday. Note how the band of snow pivots across South Jersey. 

This then continue throughout the day, though it will not be steady everywhere. Snow will then end between 5-8 p.m., with Ocean County finishing last.

How county DPWs are readying for winter

Not everywhere sees snow

This is due to the nature of the system. We have an inverted trough, which brings narrow bands of snow or rain to a region. In fact, snow coverage may only be about 50 miles wide.

The places that will see snow are:

- Southern Ocean County

- Eastern Burlington County

- Atlantic County

- Cape May County north of Lower Township and North Wildwood

- Maurice River Township 

- Vineland

Places that may see snow include:

- The remainder of Cape May County

- Millville

- Commercial Township

- Downe Township

- Lawrence Township

On The Road with Joe goes to Weymouth, Corbin City on Wednesday

Accumulations

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Snow Map

The system will bring one of the more unusual snow maps you'll see in South Jersey. A stripe of 2 to 4 inches will be expected for eastern Burlington, Atlantic, and parts of Cape May and southern Ocean counties. Localized 6 inch amounts will not be ruled out, but will be unlikely. 

The system will bring one of the more unusual snow maps you'll see in South Jersey. A stripe of 1.5 to 3 inches will be expected for a good part of Ocean, Eastern Burlington and Atlantic counties.

Localized 6 inch amounts will not be ruled out, but will be unlikely. I will give it a 20 percent chance in an area from Galloway to Brigantine to Eagleswood.

How is Atlantic City Electric Preparing?

The energy company has completed its work to prepare for colder temperatures and wintry weather, all a part of the 312 million dollars the company spends each year to modernize the grid. Frank Tedesco, Senior Communications Specialist for Atlantic City Electric, asks customers to

• Assemble an emergency storm kit. Include battery-powered radio or TV, flashlight, a first-aid kit, battery-powered or windup clock, extra batteries, special needs items, medications, multi-purpose tool, cell phones with chargers, and list of important and emergency phone numbers.

• Have a supply of bottled water and easy-to-prepare, non-perishable foods available.

• Keep a flashlight with fresh batteries on each floor of your home.

• Download Atlantic City Electric’s app at atlanticcityelectric.com/mobileapp to keep informed during a storm.

Coastal Flooding

Minor flood stage will be around in localized spots between 6-9 a.m. The main locations that will see flooding will be in the back bays and the Delaware Bay in Cape May County.

What factors impact coastal flooding?

After the snow ends

The clouds will clear out Wednesday night. Temperatures will fall below freezing around midnight, allowing any spots that saw rain or snow to refreeze. We will bottom out at 25-30 degrees by Thursday morning.

Join meteorologist Joe Martucci as he shares winter forecast on Dec. 11

Sunshine will be present Thursday morning, allowing temperatures to get back above 40. It will only settle in the low 40s, as an Arctic front approaches. This will bring clouds late in the day, but we will stay dry.

The front then will pass Thursday night. The result will be a bright and windy end to the week Friday. A strong northwest wind around 15 mph will make it feel like freezing, though the air temperature will be in the low 40s.

Stormy South Jersey winter outlook, but will it be rain or snow?

Meteorologist

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.

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