A nor'easter will bring heavy, wet snow to New Jersey starting late Wednesday night.

Interstate 195 in Ocean County (Bud McCormick)

The National Weather Service has issued a Winter Weather Warning that goes into effect Wednesday night for central and south Jersey including Burlington, Ocean, Atlantic, Cape May, Cumberland, Salem, Gloucester e and Camden Counties. The rest of the state is under a Winter Weather Watch.

Heavy, wet snow will begin falling Wednesday night and could fall at a rate of 1-2 inches per hour in the overnight hours. Precipitation is expected to turn to a snow and sleet mix during  Thursday morning and could turn briefly to rain on Thursday afternoon before going back to all snow in the evening..  A prolonged period of freezing rain is no longer a major threat from this storm according to a briefing from the National Weather Service.

The updated expected accumulations are:

  • 2-4 inches along coastal Ocean County,
  • 6-8 inches along the New Jersey Turnpike/Interstate 95 corridor and in Bergen and Passaic counties

  • 8-10 inches for Hunterdon, Warren, Sussex, Morris and Somerset counties

Minor or moderate coastal flooding is likely especially during high tide on Thursday and Friday morning with rain compounding the situation according to a briefing from the National Weather Service.

Atlantic City Electric says they are watching the forecast and preparing to bring in extra crews to restore power outages and warns that snow and ice could slow the progress of restoration. In a press release the south Jersey utility says their crews cannot begin work until roads are cleared.

Another Winter Storm for the South

Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal says the state has 65 shelters open and about 180 tons of additional salt and sand has been brought in as the Atlanta area prepares for an ice storm.

Deal said Tuesday the state is expecting a serious storm. Forecasters say a potentially "catastrophic" winter storm threatens to bring a thick layer of ice to Georgia, causing perhaps hundreds of thousands of power outages that could leave people in the dark for days.

Eli Jacks, a meteorologist with National Weather Service, says forecasters use words such as "catastrophic" infrequently, but when they want to warn people that at storm is different and threatening. He says three-quarters of an inch of ice anywhere could be catastrophic.

FlightAware.com reports over 1,100 flights from Atlanta alone have been canceled or delayed on Wednesday.



Expected snow totals for Wednesday's storm (NWS)

The Associated Press contributed to this report