Snow has been falling for most of the day across most of New Jersey with some very healthy accumulations, but the snow will start to taper off this afternoon and evening.

Our snow total forecast of widespread 6 to 9 inches seems to be trending well. The area in between I-80 and I-195 might get a few more inches of snow than originally anticipated -- in the 5 or 6 inch range. (There are already several reports of 3-4 inches in and around Morris County, for instance.) The National Weather Service has extended the Winter Storm Warning to now include Warren and Morris counties.

Despite this morning’s late transition, the timeline for this storm is also holding up. Bands of moderate to heavy snow continue for the afternoon. By around 5 p.m., the snow will begin to taper off for a majority of the state. Through 8 or 9 p.m., most of the steady snow will have pushed off-shore. However, some residual snow showers will still be possible through about 11 p.m. or midnight tonight.

Behind the snow, temperatures will plummet into the single digits for much of New Jersey tomorrow morning. Highs tomorrow will only reach the mid 20s.

So, travel remains a bad idea through at least sunset this evening. Snowman building and hot chocolate, however, are highly recommended.