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16 Inches of Snow Could Blanket the Region Monday

Precipitation will begin Sunday afternoon; seasonal historic snowfall totals are expected to be broken.

It’s been said March comes in like a lion. If that’s the case, northern New Jersey is about to hear a proverbial roar.

Meteorologists from Weather Works in Hackettstown, New Jersey, are saying a storm set to hit the area on Sunday afternoon will dump no less than six to eight inches of snow on the area, but are expecting a walloping of 10 to 16 inches before all is said and done Monday night.

“Everything north of Rt. 78 is basically the sweet spot for this storm,” Meteorologist Sam Dealba said Friday. “Even if the storm tracks differently, we’re seeing no less than six to eight (inches) of snow.”

Dealba said the storm, which will begin Sunday afternoon intermittently with snow and ice accumulating to about an inch, will begin to pick up steam between 7 p.m. and midnight. The snow will continue to intensify through the early hours of Monday morning and not end until close to midnight.

“The Monday morning commute is not going to be pretty,” Dealba said. “The same goes for the Monday evening commute, if there even is much of a commute.”

Temperatures Sunday will old between 28 and 32 degrees, and may be a touch warmer in northeaster New Jersey, Dealba said. The storm won’t be accompanied by the bone-chilling temperatures that the region has seen throughout this winter.

The 24-hour storm will certainly topple historic snowfall records in many areas, Dealba said. Despite the official start of spring just a few weeks away, the region will continue to see “cold blasts” sweeping through and below average temperatures until at least mid-March, Dealba said. 

Michael J. Klatsky February 28, 2014 at 03:53 PM
Seriously it's just snow.
Tracy Tobin February 28, 2014 at 05:02 PM
Town Status With a heavy snow predicted for late Sunday and All Day Monday. All DPW equipment has been repaired, and Road Rock Salt supply has been replenished. Roads will be pre-treated and plows will be out before commuter hours Monday morning. Please help by not parking vehicles on the road, as it creates a dangerous situation for plow drivers and other motorists. Suggest that residents food shop on Saturday or early Sunday and gas up your snow blowers. STAY SAFE ON THE ROAD AND WHEN CLEARING SNOW AT HOME! WE HAVE OVER 19,000 residents BUT NONE TO SPARE.
Claire February 28, 2014 at 06:35 PM
Tracy Tobin, i appreciate your effort and the constant communication you give back to our long valley community. You are truly a upstanding caring citizen. I can always rely that you read patch questions and respond to those who really need feedback. Thank you for all you do, your updates are appreciated.
Tracy Tobin February 28, 2014 at 07:59 PM
One other item I forgot to mention in my previous post. DPW will have trucks in on call status for emergencies called in by Police, Fire and First Aid units. The Emergency Service stations are first on the plowing list and are cleared so cars, rigs and engines can respond as needed. Thank you for the kind words Claire.
Flood Plain February 28, 2014 at 11:15 PM
It's got to be due to Gore's specious global warming crusade. Lugubrious, I tell you, just lugubrious.
Bill Kingston March 01, 2014 at 06:50 AM
Hey Patch - Update your article! National Weather Service is calling for 4-8 inches in their Winter Storm Watch. Stop scaring the public!
I plead the 2nd tchk tchk March 01, 2014 at 07:47 AM
A winter giagantic vortex! the likes the world has never seen! This is all because of Global warming. the only way is to let the government tax our CO2 emiisions. please let us pay more energy tax so we will stop using so much! please we are ready to pay and pay thru the nose. please government save us from ourselves and tax our energy consumption. You are our only hope to salvation!
Pete Mock March 01, 2014 at 08:03 AM
Hey Flood Plain, great word "lugubrious". But the irony of you poo pooing global warming with a handle like Flood Plain is just too much. And Bill is right. The forecast has changed. No one is forecast to get 16" any longer.
Rosemary March 01, 2014 at 08:40 AM
Why doesn't everybody check out the national weather service. The most we will get is 6 inches. Don't panic and don't run to the supermarket. The most you will get is long lines in the supermarket, it isn't worth it?!
LV Common Sense March 01, 2014 at 09:06 AM
The NWS forecast amount is down to 4-8" (Go to www.weather.gov and put 07853 zip code in), but I've also learned that Long Valley almost always gets more than forecasted.
Roll Back Our Tax March 01, 2014 at 09:07 AM
Can't wait till the thaws start. Then NJ will have the floods to deal with on all the rivers overflowing their banks. Headlines for April.
Sir March 01, 2014 at 09:15 AM
Global warming - MSNBC is blaming Christie for this.
BeachBum March 01, 2014 at 09:22 AM
Sunday Night Snow. Low around 17. North wind 6 to 10 mph. Chance of precipitation is 90%. New snow accumulation of 2 to 4 inches possible. Monday Snow, mainly before 1pm. High near 18. North wind 8 to 10 mph. Chance of precipitation is 90%. New snow accumulation of 1 to 3 inches possible.
Pete March 01, 2014 at 10:23 AM
Why waste time and effort citing disagreeing predictions ? NONE of the predictions agree with any other, and this far out, it's just about impossible to predict the outcomes accurately. Just get ready for snow. That, we KNOW is coming.
Ed Zachary March 01, 2014 at 12:54 PM
OMIGOD!!! IT'S WINTER AND IT'S GOING TO SNOW!!! WHAT ARE WE GONNA DO?!?!?
jp1 March 01, 2014 at 12:58 PM
Close all supermarkets and let us watch people panic because they cannot rush to buy more milk and bread.
News Man March 01, 2014 at 02:37 PM
Indoor miniature golf would work this time.
Lorrie Cancillieri March 01, 2014 at 04:24 PM
Peter B., Michael and Ed Zachary, MY FRIENDS! Why doesn't everybody else just shut up, leave, and move to Florida. We can use a lot less people around here anyway.
Terry March 01, 2014 at 04:59 PM
Let's retire that "people panicking and buying milk and bread" thing, okay? It's stale, unfunny and untrue. Have a wonderful Monday!
hsr March 01, 2014 at 05:10 PM
Possible 16 more inches ! ? Whose bright idea was that??!
gregory l. mitchell March 02, 2014 at 07:41 AM
Mornin Terry:No,Terry the case of people rushing out to purchase milk,bread & eggs is TRUE!!!!It may be stale but just look on the empty or 3/4 empty shelves down in our area.It has always been thus,perhaps it's a regional thing,all one needs do is look in the carts of shoppers to see the stuff-jp1 is 100 per cent correct,just observe. Respectfully,Gregory L.Mitchell-West Caldwell,N.J.
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Theresa Tobin March 02, 2014 at 06:56 PM
To hsr - apparently it was Mother Nature's bright idea.
Paul Woodiel March 03, 2014 at 07:09 AM
And yet, Theresa, Pete, there was NO SNOW AT ALL. Forecasting is hard, but I could find NOBODY BUT PATCH predicting 16 inches. That was the most irresponsible headline of the week.
Jason Koestenblatt (Editor) March 03, 2014 at 08:09 AM
Thanks for the comments, everyone. Pete, Patch didn't "predict" 16 inches of snow, it reported that figure from a local weather company in northern New Jersey (as the article states). As the hours and days went by, snow totals decreased for our area. Weathermen are in the business of forecasting, which isn't an exact science. We reported what we were told. To say that's irresponsible is a misnomer, in my opinion. Thanks again for the comment.
gregory l. mitchell March 03, 2014 at 08:42 AM
Jason,you are correct!! you did the proper thing with what was predicted at the time-and it was for much,much more,however Wx systems change all the time.Better to have the info and not need it,than need that info and not have it!!! Respectfully, Gregory L. Mitchell, West Caldwell,N.J.
Tracy Tobin March 03, 2014 at 06:18 PM
On behalf of the WT Morris DPW crews and the Township Winter Operations budget, I am glad the storm weakened and the high pressure moved it South. Sorry South Jersey and mid-Atlantic States got hit. We still have crews out pushing snow and ice back off the roads from the last big storm.
Tracy Tobin March 03, 2014 at 06:24 PM
Jason the "Darned because you did" is better than "Darned because you did not" decision to post notices of a possible winter event. Shoprite and WEIS did a land office business but the food isn't going to go bad. Schools didn't close and North Jersey did not declare a State of Emergency. No Harm no foul.
junk-yard-dog March 04, 2014 at 02:19 PM
15 days until spring !
Hookerman March 04, 2014 at 05:41 PM
A suggestion: when you have a storm with rapidly changing forecasts, delete your earlier articles as you add new ones. That way, you don't end up with 5 different articles giving 5 different predictions.

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