As if all the booze wouldn’t make driving treacherous enough, an “arctic airmass” will bring “snow and blowing snow” today, says the National Weather Service. In addition to the weather, police will be out in force in 92 towns, including Montclair and Glen Ridge, looking for drunk drivers. It’s a combination that says “reading in front of the fire” to me.
SNOW WILL BEGIN EARLY THIS MORNING… POSSIBLY MIXING WITH OR CHANGING TO RAIN DURING THE MID TO LATE MORNING. THE PRECIPITATION WILL CHANGE TO ALL SNOW BY EARLY THIS AFTERNOON… WITH A BURST OF MODERATE TO HEAVY SNOW EXPECTED BEFORE TAPERING OFF LATE IN THE AFTERNOON. NORTHWEST WINDS WILL RAPIDLY INCREASE THIS AFTERNOON… USHERING AN ARCTIC AIRMASS INTO THE REGION. THIS IS EXPECTED TO CAUSE A FLASH FREEZE OF ANY SLUSH OR WATERS ON ROADWAYS WHICH WILL MAKE FOR TREACHEROUS ROAD CONDITIONS DURING THE EVENING COMMUTE. IN ADDITION A BRIEF PERIOD OF SIGNIFICANTLY REDUCED VISIBILITIES ARE POSSIBLE THIS AFTERNOON WITH ANY FALLING SNOW AND STRONG WINDS. TOTAL SNOW ACCUMULATIONS OF 1 TO 3 INCHES IS EXPECTED… WITH HIGHEST AMOUNTS THE FURTHER AWAY FROM THE OCEAN.
A WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY MEANS THAT PERIODS OF SNOW… SLEET… OR FREEZING RAIN WILL CAUSE TRAVEL DIFFICULTIES. BE PREPARED FOR SLIPPERY ROADS AND LIMITED VISIBILITIES… AND USE CAUTION WHILE DRIVING.