Breaking out the spring apparel? Not so fast. The most significant snowstorm of the winter of 2016-17 is expected to hit Bergen and Passaic counties Monday night.
In advance of Stella, the National Weather Service has issued a rundown of what we know now in advance of the storm, saying there is potential for:
- Significant snowfall
- Strong winds
- Coastal flooding
- Shifts in the storm's track would have major importance:
- A shift to the west closer to the coast would increase the potential for mixed precipitation/rain for the coast and lead to more snow inland.
- A shift farther offshore to the east would increase the potential for heavy snow/blizzard conditions closer to the coast.
The major Nor'easter, expected to arrive overnight Monday into Tuesday, will bring heavy snow and gusty winds that could lead to power outages.
NWS has forecasted between 12 and 18 inches of snow across North Jersey starting early Tuesday morning.
Howling winds and snowfall are expected to begin around 1 a.m. Tuesday morning with limited visibility, expected to increase by rush out, according to meteorologist Faye Barthold of the National Weather Service.