The governor of New Jersey has declared a state of emergency thanks to Winter Storm Toby
Spring may have sprung on the calendar, but yet another nor’easter storm is hitting the East Coast this week. Dubbed Winter Storm Toby, the most recent nor’easter is bringing wet snow, strong winds, and possible coastal flooding in parts of New Jersey. Winter may be gone, but its weather is still alive and well. So how much snow can the Garden State expect, and when will it end?
The storm is expected to hit the East Coast today, Wednesday, March 21st, and though it’s not supposed to be as strong as Winter Storms Quinn and Skylar, the snow is likely to get worse as the day continues. The storm could drop up to 18 inches of snow in parts of New Jersey with strong gusty winds up to 50 mph.
Governor Phil Murphy declared a state of emergency for New Jersey and announced that state offices would be closed. There’s a also ban on commercial vehicles since roads are expected to be slick from snow and sleet. Hundreds of schools announced closures ahead of the storm.
NJ.com reports the heaviest snow is expected to fall late this morning through this evening, “with snowfall rates of 2 to 3 inches per hour possible at times.”
Unfortunately, the storm’s strong winds will make power outages likely and there’s a threat of coastal flooding along the Jersey Shore, including Long Beach Island, Atlantic City, and Ocean City.
Will Winter Storm Toby affect flights?
Yes. More than 65 percent of flights were canceled at Newark Liberty International Airport. Therefore, anyone who planned on traveling should definitely check flight statuses before heading to the airport.
What’s the weather look like the rest of the week?
Better, thankfully! Thursday, Friday and Saturday will be mainly dry with temperatures expected to be in the mid 40s.
Until then…stay safe out there, everyone!