Forecasting models are pointing toward a very powerful and complex weather system affecting our area. The storm is expected to undergo “bombogenesis,” a recent buzzword indicating that the storm will intensify rapidly over 24 hours.
At the time of posting, light rain is overspreading our area and will become heavier during the night. Throughout the day on Friday, expect conditions to deteriorate, especially in the northern sections, as precipitation is anticipated to change over to snow after daybreak north and west of the greater Dover area (localized to higher altitudes).
Regardless of location, prepare for a messy Friday with wind gusts peaking near 50 mph. As always, be prepared for extreme weather. If you must travel, make sure you are well equipped for any emergency that may arise.
Weather Alerts for Our Area:
Morris County: Flood Watch and Winter Weather Advisory
Sussex County: Winter Storm Warning
Potential Accumulation Amounts:
Jefferson/Lake Hopatcong: 3-9 inches
Hopatcong: 3-9 inches
Newton: 3-9 inches
Dover: 1-3 inches
Note: These are only estimates and are expected only in locations where the snow sticks. Also note that the rain and higher temperatures may wash away any snow, leading to localized flooding.