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UPDATE: Central NJ is Under a Winter Storm Watch; 6 to 10 Inches of Snow

The watch begins 3 pm on Friday, with snow falling during the evening at a rate of one to two inches an hour.

4 PM UPDATE: 

A winter storm watch is now in effect from 3 pm Friday to 6 am Saturday for our area, according to the National Weather Service (NWS). Predicted snow accumulations are 6 to 10 inches.

Snow early on Friday is forecast to change to rain during the daylight hours, then back to heavy snow late in the day on Friday and into the evening. A snowfall rate of one to two inches an hour may happen during the heaviest snowfall.

Winds of 30 to 40 mph will produce drifts as well. There is also a small chance of a thunderstorm during the storm. Expect temperatures in the 25 to 30 degree range.

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It's still early, but the preliminary forecasts of snow from what could be the Big Storm of 2013 are in the five to ten inch range, according to the National Weather Service (NWS).

In New Jersey, Middlesex, Monmouth, Mercer, and Hunterdon are among the counties now under a winter storm watch in effect from Friday afternoon through Saturday morning.

A low pressure area is forecast to develop near the Carolina coast late today, then track in a northeast direction while intensifying through Friday night. That brings the storm track to the east with the potential for a big snowfall.

Snow is expected to develop Friday morning, then mix with freezing rain or change to sleet for some time across the entire area. The precipitation is expected to be heavy at times during the afternoon and evening. Strong wind gusts are also forecast.

Keep tuned to Patch for updates to the weather forecast.

Tell Us: Are you ready for the snowstorm? What do you still have to do to be prepared? Comment below!

Rob Burns February 07, 2013 at 01:49 PM
I've been hearing more like 1-3 and that further north will be getting more snow.
Deborah Bell (Editor) February 07, 2013 at 01:57 PM
I got this from a source I implicitly trust (as in they were wrong only once, and just a little wrong.) That's why I'm going with it, but if their forecast changes, I'll update.
Bob Groder February 07, 2013 at 02:51 PM
i sure hope they are wrong
joe fontanelli February 07, 2013 at 03:44 PM
As usual, the TV news showed people lining up to buy snow shovels. WHAT DID THEY DO WITH THE ONES THEY GOT FOR THE LAST STORM ? Do they throw them away every spring ? Are they no longer operable ? Out of fashion, year old models ? Curious...
Elizabeth February 07, 2013 at 04:01 PM
I know that the tv weather and radio weather differ greatly. On average I heard 6ins+, but alot say to early to commit to numbers just significant snow!
ASquared Video Productions February 07, 2013 at 04:50 PM
Hope everyone has milk and bread :p
SOG February 07, 2013 at 05:29 PM
and vodka...
Gary February 07, 2013 at 05:48 PM
Milk , bread and eggs . Everyone makes French toast during snow storms. Don't forget the syrup.
David Smith February 07, 2013 at 06:06 PM
I would suggest they may be new homeowners or the ones they had are old and busted up. Personally I was expecting no snow this winter because I bought a snow blower.
David Smith February 07, 2013 at 06:09 PM
Don't forget gas for the generator and snow blower. I'm betting after our last big storm a lot of people have invested in a generator.
Beth February 07, 2013 at 09:45 PM
I had a client that used to rush out to purchase "storm meat". I didn't have it in me to ask for an explanation...
Deborah Bell (Editor) February 07, 2013 at 09:47 PM
My coffee wound up on my puter screen at that one....roflol!!
Donna Parente February 07, 2013 at 10:20 PM
I agree; I calculated 9 inches "likely" and 5 inches to 6 inches definitely from the NOAA graph. And this is the source I used for Hurricane Sandy...spot on about everything days before the storm! http://forecast.weather.gov/MapClick.php?lat=40.52301&lon=-74.34115150000002&unit=0&lg=english&FcstType=graphical
MS February 07, 2013 at 10:42 PM
While I am really hoping we don't get that much snow, it would be nice if people that have a driveway park their cars in them so that the plows can clear the roads.
mrszzano February 07, 2013 at 11:29 PM
Yeah, really...who needs a new one every storm? Thanks for the chuckle.
John Saccenti (Editor) February 08, 2013 at 12:29 AM
i agree with Deborah. These are the some of the best comments I've ever read. We aren't Facebook, but I'd love a "Like" button right about now. Stay safe everyone.
Christopher February 08, 2013 at 12:34 AM
I bought a sled for my kids which should be arriving tomorrow from Amazon. This purchase should all but ensure that East Brunswick will get no snow this weekend.
John Saccenti (Editor) February 08, 2013 at 12:36 AM
see. that's what I'm talking about.
Harrison February 08, 2013 at 01:45 AM
Would there be school this Friday ??
John Saccenti (Editor) February 08, 2013 at 01:48 AM
not a lot of school districts have said yet, though there are a few. New Brunswick says its closing early. That's all I know about right now. If anyone hears anything, please post it here.
David Smith February 08, 2013 at 02:13 AM
Must be Spam.
David Smith February 08, 2013 at 02:22 AM
Be smart people throw as many water bottles as you can in your freezer to keep the food cold if power goes out for a long period of time. Also a tarp on your car can make for really quick clean off time, just make sure the car is cold when you put it on so it doesn't freeze onto the car. If power goes out and you can light your stove go with the large pots of boiling water if the power goes out for warmth, Just don't go to sleep with stove on and make sure you keep pots full. I doubt it will be like Sandy but who knows how many trees are weak from that storm so watch where you park your car and avoid overhanging tree limbs. Remember if you got a generator keep it at least several feet from your house with exhaust pointed away from house.
Harrison February 08, 2013 at 02:23 AM
Tnx same her
S_O_G February 08, 2013 at 02:32 AM
If Patch were a real news site, they would real sources on stories like this.
Gordo K February 08, 2013 at 07:49 PM
Folks, don't forget that it is now AGAINST THE LAW to idle your car for anything more than 3 minutes! Never mind that the neighborhood might be droning with the noise of constantly running home generators. Your state government thinks you're better off spending a half hour or more struggling to chip all that ice off your windows than to warm the car up so that the defroster works.
Deborah Bell (Editor) February 09, 2013 at 10:05 AM
I'm looking out my door in Woodbridge, and there's easily more than six inches of snow sitting on the railings.
Gordo K February 09, 2013 at 10:16 AM
NJ State Code 7:27-15.8 Idle standard (a) No person shall cause, suffer, allow, or permit the engine of a gasoline-fueled motor vehicle to idle for more than three consecutive minutes if the vehicle is not in motion.
Rick February 09, 2013 at 01:50 PM
Just another law that will not be enforced and will be ignored.The people who come up with these idiotic ideas would fit right in working for Obama .
Rick February 09, 2013 at 01:54 PM
your right Gordo, is a cop supposed to park on a street and use a stop watch to time how people warm up their cars?STUPID LAW , PERIOD.
Gordo K February 09, 2013 at 09:36 PM
Yes, Dominic, these idiotic regulations fall in the "make it look like we're doing something" category. I'd like to know just how many citations have been issued since this stupid law went into effect.

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