Winter Weather Advisory issued until 1 pm Saturday

A winter storm warning is in effect from 5 p.m. Saturday to 7 a.m. Sunday for northern portions of the Island; other areas will be under a winter storm watch.

The snowfall amounts for Saturday night, in Billings, are expected to be lower than previously thought, only about an inch or so.

Southern Ocean County, parkway west to a line from Egg Harbor City to Maurice River to Downe Township: Rain/snow or snow will go to all rain by midnight. Snow-covered roads could result in some slippery conditions and hazardous travel. Snow will taper off from west to east early Sunday morning between 5am and 7am.

The forecast calls for snow accumulations of four to seven inches. Fog can freeze on contact tonight and into early Saturday morning.

A stronger system arrives Saturday with more rain and mountain snow.

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"In Missoula, we're looking at between three to six inches of snow", he said. There is a 70 percent chance for snow with about two inches possible. Rain may mix with snow or sleet in the metro for a short period, then change over to all rain. The high will be near 54 with a south wind of 7 to 14 miles per hour becoming west northwest in the afternoon. "Be prepared for significant reductions in visibility at times".

Little accumulation is expected from western Pennsylvania to western and upstate NY and northern New England, a change from recent systems. "The roller coaster of temperatures this winter continues", according to the National Weather Service. Winds may gust as high as 37 miles per hour.

Wednesday: Partly sunny, with a high near 42. That means interior New Jersey will probably experience a quick "thumping" of heavy snow accumulation.

THIS EVENING: We get a break from the steady rain with cloudy skies and chance of showers. The day will be mostly cloudy, then gradually becoming sunny, with a high near 44 degrees.

  • Megan Austin