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Travel 'Treacherous,' 5 Inches of Snow Possible Wednesday

Areas close to New York City could see flooding, National Weather Service reports.

Santa may have left plenty of goodies under the tree, but Mother Nature is about to leave a mess outside in Northern New Jersey.

According to the National Weather Service, Morris, Passaic and Bergen counties can expect anywhere from 3 to 5 inches of snow to blanket the area, with precipitation first appearing between 1 and 4 p.m. Wednesday afternoon.

Compounding the snowfall, meteorologist David Stark said, is the potential of up to a quarter-inch of ice. The storm, which may also bring wind gusts of up to 45 miles per hour, won’t lighten up until sunrise Thursday, Stark said.

Essex and Union counties can expect more of a freezing rain and rain mix, which may begin as snowfall, Stark said. Those areas could also see mild to moderate flooding as a result, Stark said. Somerset County will see periods of snow and sleet Wednesday with a light accumulation, according to the National Weather Service.

Afternoon driving conditions may become “treacherous,” Stark said, as roads become slick and wind gusts could be strong enough to down trees.

The storm is progressing from Southern Pennsylvania into New Jersey and heading north, Stark said. Areas north and west, such as Sussex and Warren counties, will see a later start time to the storm, but will likely receive more snow accumulation than rain or ice, Stark said. 

Me December 26, 2012 at 06:43 PM
I don't think that at all.
Steve December 26, 2012 at 06:47 PM
Just a bit more personal info than we need.
Nantz December 26, 2012 at 06:47 PM
People are already complaining about JCP&L because their lights are still on! Then they'll complain when they turn off too! Vicious circle!
stewart resmer December 26, 2012 at 06:49 PM
naw not yet teaneck-res, keep the pressure on the town council(s) for allowing all the trees growing through the power lines every where you look on public and private property that fall and cut off the power everytime the wind blows, then start complaining about the power companies after that.
avidsoccer11 December 26, 2012 at 07:02 PM
I hope the NWS is wrong and we get dumped on with more than a foot of snow!!!!
Teaneck_Resident December 26, 2012 at 07:06 PM
Well, my generator is gassed up and ready to go. yeah, Teaneck township has done a horrible job of tree control.
Edward P. Campbell December 26, 2012 at 08:12 PM
What really ticked me off at PGE&G, was they ESTIMATED my power bill for the period over the 6 days I didn’t have power, however, they read my gas meter for the same period. This mean someone was at the house to read the gas meter but didn’t read the power meter at the same time, as they always do! Or has PSE&G said – Boys we’ve got a cash flow problem here, let estimate all these bills and spread our loss over a couple months by turning our rate payers into banks we'll borrow money from them interest free, so our cash flow doesn't suffer!!!
A.S.Otero December 26, 2012 at 09:02 PM
I had the same issue so I called PSE&G and asked about it. They said it was because so many of their personnel were tied up with the recovery effort to restore power they couldn't spare the people to have meters read. I call BS.
Edward P. Campbell December 26, 2012 at 10:31 PM
A.S. Otero -- I find it odd that they had a “gas” meter reader drop by, but not an “electric” meter reader when I’m pretty sure they are one in the same person. I was looking forward to the bill, just to make me feel better about not having power for 6 freezing, water-less (well bottled water only) days and I opened the bill and it is like WTF?
A.S.Otero December 26, 2012 at 11:38 PM
You and me both, my bill was actually estimated higher than the previous month's!!
Ginzano December 26, 2012 at 11:41 PM
I always appreciate a heads up on potential bad weather and have it sent to my phone too. I am glad I cancelled my plans for tonite as it is slick out there. I prefer weather forecasts to err on the side of worst case scenario - better than the other way around.
Nucky Thompson December 27, 2012 at 12:09 AM
When I was a youngster, I walked 2 miles to the school bus stop and when the snow was over my boots, I thought it was teriffic! No rides in a warm SUV, no cell phone calls to Mom complaining that my feet or hands were cold, no IPad games to play on the bus or at school, no GPS to tell me the way home. We all survived and had a damn good time. I'm all for technological advances, but let the kids have some fun!
Kimberly December 27, 2012 at 12:46 AM
Pieter Prall: I hope you eating your words now!!! Yes, this was a storm to be warned of and yes you should be frightened into staying home. I was driving in this (coming home from a family Christmas) and honestly, it was a dumb move!! Took 3 times as long as it should have! THanks for the report!!
Donald December 27, 2012 at 01:56 AM
When I was a youngster, I walked in the snow three miles each way, to and from a small country school . . . and it was uphill BOTH ways! I didn't have boots, so my stepmom would tie old newspapers around my hand-me-down, threadbare Keds. Once I came down with scarlet fever and whooping cough at school after walking there in a REALLY heavy snow, the kind they used to have before global warming. The schoolmarm was afraid the other kids would catch it all, so she made me stand outside in the deep drifts all day, until it was time to walk home. But it wasn't too bad because the fever kept me from getting too cold. When it came time to go home, there was a whiteout and I became lost, but finally found my way after dusk and crawled up the steps to our cabin near the county pound. My stepmom wanted to know why I was so late, and yelled at me for not bringing home my homework. She was so angry, she didn't let me play with the two mice that lived in the wall behind the bed I shared with my three brothers! Boy, I miss those good times.
clyde donovan December 27, 2012 at 02:27 AM
When "Donald" got a little older he walked 5 miles in the snow to score some weed.
Selene December 27, 2012 at 04:55 AM
This snow produced some very slippery roads. I always tell my kids, drive in 1st or 2nd (possible with most automatic transmissions too) the vehicle hugs the road better and stopping is easy, with little brakng......just ease off the accelerator. With all season tires in good condition you will fare safely on these snowy days. Reduce youur speed according to road conditionds AND always leave LOTS of room between your car and the car ahead of you. Snow is no reason to panic---
Terry December 27, 2012 at 05:02 AM
Really? Why not put on those pretty plaid Bermuda shorts and your sandals with black socks and take a leisurely stroll in the sleet, Piet?
Peter W Bennett December 27, 2012 at 12:20 PM
I am supposed to conduct an energy survey at a resident's home in your town. Do you have power today?
Edward P. Campbell December 27, 2012 at 12:49 PM
JCP&L, Strikes Again: http://www.nj.com/monmouth/index.ssf/2012/12/more_than_3700_monmouth_county_customers_still_without_power_thursday_morning.html#incart_m-rpt-1
Edward P. Campbell December 27, 2012 at 01:44 PM
Most people who write here, including myself, could use a Tebow lesson in God’s Grace, which I believe is installed in each of us, but it is up to each of us to use or not, Lord knows I’ve not used mine enough. “ When the Denver Broncos kicked him to the curb after rallying a 1-4 team to the playoffs, replacing him with a future, albeit injured Hall of Famer, Tebow lashed back at his former team by saying, "First and foremost, I just want to thank the Denver Broncos for my time there." And then, "I understand what they were going through. You don't get many opportunities to have a chance to sign Peyton Manning. What a great quarterback he is." May peace fill the world in 2013!
Edward P. Campbell December 27, 2012 at 01:58 PM
Great Advice Selene, here’s some more: http://www.edmunds.com/car-safety/driving-on-snow-and-ice-10-safety-tips.html One piece of advice I didn’t see offered is Clean Your Windows (all of them) before you start down the road. I know of a young girl who was killed pulling out in front of a pick-up truck she didn’t see because her drivers side window wasn’t cleared. How sad!
Hookerman December 27, 2012 at 02:21 PM
Oh, you mean Tim Tebow, the guy who constantly flaunts his praying habits in front of tens of thousands of people, even though his bible specifically states that prayer should be performed in private?
Teaneck_Resident December 27, 2012 at 03:21 PM
I'm amazed my area didn't loose power. I was ready for a power outage I'm just amazed.
Luke Reston December 27, 2012 at 04:10 PM
I am chagrined. I called the Westwood High School main office to inquire about a loaner generator. They told me they have changed their policy on loaners. So I inquired about a loaner vehicle, same thing, new policy in effect. :)
Darlene December 27, 2012 at 04:20 PM
Count me in - No power for 7 full days and my PSEG bill went UP. Impossible. But try challenging PSEG. It's pointless. There is something seriously wrong/corrupt with their billing practices.
Joseph Keyes December 27, 2012 at 04:45 PM
Seems like JCP&L was spared another embarrassing opportunity to demonstrate their abilities during an outage.
Edward P. Campbell December 27, 2012 at 05:00 PM
No, I think he is more directed by 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18: "16 Rejoice always, 17 pray continually, 18 give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus." You should read Matthew Chapter 6. I will give you a better idea of what was really said about praying in private! Happy New Year!
Nose Wayne December 28, 2012 at 02:20 AM
It's just the start of winter, give JCP&L another storm and see how many people lose power compared to PSE&G. My money is on PSE&G, They came through the neighborhood the other day and trimmed all the trees close to the wires. Never lost power during Sandy either.
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