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N.J. weather: Winter weather, wind advisories issues for 5 counties ahead of Sunday storm

NJ.com logo NJ.com 1/16/2022 Matthew Stanmyre, nj.com

UPDATED FORECAST: Snow, dangerous ice, winds gusts up to 50 mph in latest N.J. forecast for nasty winter storm

The National Weather Service has issued winter weather advisories for five New Jersey counties ahead of Sunday’s storm that is expected to bring several inches of snow plus freezing rain, coastal flooding and high winds to parts of the state.

The winter weather advisories were issued late Saturday for Sussex, Warren, Morris, Hunterdon and parts of Passaic counties.

A gale warning and wind advisory also is out for the entire New Jersey coast.

In the latest projections Saturday, forecasters were expecting a general decrease in snow amounts but some increase in ice amounts, according to the NWS.

The wet precipitation with frigid temperatures has forecasters predicting ice development up to a tenth of an inch thick, more than enough to make driving dangerous.

AccuWeather’s forecasters predict most of the state will endure a wintry mix of precipitation, with the southern coast getting all rain while a sliver of the state in the northwest corner would get mostly snow, three to six inches.

The storm is also expected to bring strong sustained winds between 20 and 35 mph, with gusts that could reach 50 mph, particularly along the coast. The entire Jersey coastline, including in Delaware Bay up the river to about Salem, will be under a gale watch Sunday evening into Monday. The wind could cause sporadic power outages.

And the winds combined with Monday morning’s high tide mean coastal areas could experience widespread minor flooding, forecasters said. The Weather Service issued coastal flood watches for Middlesex, Monmouth, eastern Essex and eastern Union counties, effective Sunday afternoon into Monday.

NJ Advance Media staff writer Len Melisurgo and Josh Solomon contributed to this report.

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Matthew Stanmyre may be reached at mstanmyre@njadvancemedia.com.

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