Spring officially begins at 6:45 p.m. this evening, and it will be a snowy scene across most of New Jersey, with widespread 3 to 6 inch snow totals before the wintry weather tapers off later tonight.

Unfortunately, the warmer temperatures that were supposed to save South Jersey from the 3+ inch snow totals never arrived. So as bands of moderate to heavy snow push through almost the entire state right now, the snow will continue to pile up on both grassy surfaces and pavement.

This evening's commute is going to be downright disgusting, as just about all roads are either slushy, icy, or wet. Be slow, be safe, be smart.

The back end of the heaviest snow bands look to exit New Jersey by around 8 or 9 p.m., and the intensity of the snow will taper off significantly after that point. Final flakes should fly sometime between midnight and daybreak.

The good news is that the first full day of Spring on Saturday will feature mild temperatures near 50° and partly sunny skies, leading to some solid snow melt. Another shot at light snow showers will be possible late tomorrow night (key word: light), and we'll see a sunny but slightly cooler day on Sunday with highs only around 40°.