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By Executive Director Stephen Bobella Jr.
March 13, 2017

An extreme situation is developing for portions of our area as a MAJOR COASTAL STORM interrupts our usual daily routines on Tuesday...

.A very strong winter storm could be life threatening for those who do not pay attention to safety precautions Tuesday morning. Low pressure developing off the Carolina coast this evening will become an intense storm as it moves east of New Jersey midday Tuesday. Swaths of excessive precipitation will develop along and west of the track of the storm. Near blizzard conditions are likely for a few hours in eastern Pennsylvania and portions of northern New Jersey where snowfall rates of 2 to 4 inches per hour are expected.

BLIZZARD WARNING IN EFFECT FROM 8 PM THIS EVENING TO 6 PM EDT TUESDAY... The National Weather Service in Mount Holly has issued a Blizzard Warning, which is in effect from 8 PM this evening to 6 PM EDT Tuesday. The Winter Storm Warning is no longer in effect.

Locations: Eastern Pennsylvania and much of northern New Jersey.
Hazard types: Heavy snow and strong winds.
Accumulations: Snow accumulation of 18 to 24 inches.
Timing: Snow begins between 10 PM and midnight from southwest to northeast across the warning area, becoming heavy at times with snowfall rates of Three to four inches per hour for several hours Tuesday morning. Snow will diminish late in the day Tuesday.
IMPACTS: The heavy snow will make many roads impassable and may produce widespread power outages due to the weight of the snow on tree limbs and power lines. Strong winds will lead to blowing snow, reduced visibility, and additional power outages.
Winds: Northeast 15 to 25 mph with gusts up to 40 mph.
Visibilities: Less than one-quarter mile for several hours.
Temperatures: In the mid 20s.
Recommended actions
A Blizzard Warning means severe winter weather conditions are expected or occurring. Falling and blowing snow with strong winds and poor visibilities are likely. This will lead to whiteout conditions...making travel extremely dangerous. Do not travel. If you must travel...have a winter survival kit with you. If you get stranded...stay with your vehicle.


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