N.J. weather: When will the snow start? Will it be snowing during morning commute? – NJ.com

The National Weather Service forecast for a winter storm expected to hit early Friday now calls for widespread areas of 4 to 6 inches with higher amounts possible across a narrow band south and east of I-95. Snow should start around 1 a.m. and taper off during the morning rush hour.
Light snow from a system that could potentially drop 6 inches on the state could begin as soon as late Thursday evening in western New Jersey, but most of the state will start falling around midnight or 1 a.m. Friday, setting the stage for a tricky morning commute, according to forecasters.
Meteorologists are generally in agreement about the overall timing and accumulation totals of the upcoming winter storm, with the first flakes starting to fly as soon as 10 p.m. in western New Jersey, according to Mike Priante of WeatherWorks, a private weather forecasting company based in Hackettstown.
The National Weather Service says snow will start falling lightly around midnight in most of New Jersey with most of the snow dropping between 1 and 7 a.m. That could trigger some school closures and delayed openings.
Priante says it’s possible snow might not begin accumulating until sometime between 2 and 4 a.m. in areas south and east of the Interstate 95 corridor due to the amount of dry air still in the atmosphere.
Widespread totals of 2 to 4 inches of snow are likely to blanket New Jersey on Friday, Jan. 7, 2022.National Weather Service
“The majority of the snow will come in a four to five hour window,” said Priante, who expects most of New Jersey to wind up with 2 to 4 inches before the storm winds down by about 7 or 8 a.m. The meteorologist said it’s possible light precipitation will linger toward the Jersey Shore until mid to late morning.
The National Weather Service say widespread totals of 2 to 5 inches of snow are likely, but a narrow band of heavy snow could set up and drop 6 inches. Though it remains unknown where that might occur, the best chance is in an area southeast of the Interstate 95 corridor, the weather service said.
Priante said up to 7 inches is possible if that band materializes along the Jersey Shore.
Winter weather advisories are in effect for all 21 counties from 10 p.m. Thursday until 10 a.m. Friday.

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