We'll endure the worst of the November Nor'Easter Wednesday night, which will likely mean slick roads and 2-to-4 inches of snow in parts of New Jersey with less snow expected in Pennsylvania and very little snow in Delaware.
By 11 p.m. Central New Jersey and parts of Bucks County were getting some heavy snow while other areas saw lighter accumulation.
New Jersey faces the biggest threat where heavy rain and winds could be punishing to areas already damaged by Hurricane Sandy, and areas inland could get some of the heaviest snow. Flooding also was already a problem Wednesday afternoon in areas like Ventnor and Longport.
"It's kind of a backward type storm because where the precipitation is the heaviest, that is where are going to be seeing the changeover to snow," said NBC10 Chief Meteorologist Glenn "Hurricane" Schwartz.
Here are the snow totals the NBC10 weather team reported at 11 p.m.:
- Estell Manor, N.J. - 3 inches
- Malaga, N.J. - 3 inches
- South Vineland, N.J. - 2.5 inches
- Atlantic City Airport - 2.3 inches
- Pittsgrove Township, N.J. - 1.6 inches
- Philadelphia, Pa. - trace
The snow is expected to continue through the night and begin to taper off by 6 a.m. and end by 9 a.m. but some morning commuters could see accumulated snow in parts of the area.
A Coastal Flood Warning was issued for the New Jersey and Delaware coasts. The Coastal Flood Warning will be in effect until Thursday at 8 a.m.
Wind is expected to travel between 20 to 30 mph with gusts between 50 and 60 miles mph at its peak.
The winds and precipitation caused around 150 cancellations at Philly International Airport Wednesday. Flights returned to normal by Wednesday night and spokeswoman Victoria Lupica says they hope for service to be normal Thursday morning.
Most of the area was put under a Winter Weather Advisory until 6 a.m. Thursday with the exception of Ocean, Middlesex and Monmouth Counties, which were under a Winter Storm Warning until 6 a.m. with up to 8 inches of snow expected in those areas.
This Nor’Easter will be nowhere near as strong or destructive as Sandy, but many dunes that normally protect the coast from flooding are gone due to Sandy. That makes the beaches more vulnerable than they would be ahead of most storms. The storm is expected to cause moderate coastal flooding, low inland flooding, moderate wind and close to moderate snow.
- A medium threat of coastal flooding
- Little threat of inland flooding
- A low threat of major wind damage
- Some threat of snow depending on where you are
There is still a lot of uncertainty about this storm. A track closer to the coast would bring the highest wind gusts and heaviest rain. A track farther east would mean a weaker storm, leading to less wind and rain.
But the biggest wild card is the snow threat. Early and late-season snows can be very tricky to forecast, and this is no exception. The atmosphere should be just cold enough for snow at the peak of the storm Wednesday afternoon and evening. Sometimes bursts of heavy wet snow can happen in storms like this, but exactly where that will happen is a tough call. The wind should blow most of the snow off the trees.