Wednesday, February 13, 2008

Interesting Storm

This has been one interesting storm. Here in Netcong we picked up 3.25" inches of snow before the change over to sleet. After hours of heavy sleet we picked up .75" inch of sleet then the freezing rain began after mid-night. From there 1 full of inch rain fell while we were below freezing for a total accumulation of frozen precip of: 5.00". Since then it has been raining heavy and over an inch has fallen already. We hit our high for the day at 12:30 at 34.5 but now the temp has dropped to 33.6 getting closer to the freezing point. I already had snow the ground from snow squalls the other day and I have a current snowpack of 4.00" inches of slop. The winds are currently out of the NNE and temp is dropping steady as of 1:00pm.

Season snow total for Sussex county from Netcong to Vernon:

29.30" - 37.00" inches

season ice accumulation: 1.54"

Enough stats, lets talk about whats going to happen. It seems as if the storm will end as snow for most of northern New Jersey and a coating to an inch could accumulate. I am worried about all this rain flash freezing because overnight temps in Sussex will get down to 20 and even the teens so watch out for dangerous driving and walking conditions. All the schools up here got out early yesterday, had off today, and will most likely have a delay tomorrow. This puts most schools in the area out of snow days.

As for the next snowstorm I see a storm coming Sunday into Monday. The models are showing snow changing to rain event but some factors are leading me to believe the storm will track farther east than the models are showing. But knowing our luck it won't be a big snowstorm which we all have been hoping for. I will do another post if and when the track changes to one that favors snow.

-Darren Milliron

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