The scope of New Jersey’s first significant snowstorm of the season is expanding, as snow, sleet and rain continues to fall around the Garden State Sunday evening.
Schools in three countieshave already announced closingsfor Monday.
The National Weather Servicereported in its 5 pm updatethat a wide zone including areas around Trenton to Camden could get more snow by Monday night thanoriginally forecast– up to 3 to 5 inches of accumulation.
Hunterdon, Somerset and Mercer counties are now under a winter storm warning , joining Sussex, Warren, Passaic, Morris and western Bergen counties. The warnings have alsobeen extendedto 4 am Tuesday, and 7 a.m.
And a coastal flood advisory has been issued for the northern and central coast, the weather service said, with “spotty minor flooding” possible along the southern coast coast.
heaviest snow totals remain in Sussex County, where up to 8 inches is in the forecast.
The weather service warned that ice will continue to develop on elevated surfaces, bridges, overpasses, trees and wires sooner than it will on roads and walkways, in the northwest part of New Jersey.
Earlier Sunday,speeds were reducedon the New Jersey Turnpike and Garden State Parkway.
The wintry mix wascausing delays of over two hou rsat Newark Liberty International Airport, as well as other major airports in Philadelphia and New York.
Later Sunday evening, the state Department of Transportationbanned commercial vehiclesfrom parts of interstates 80, 287 and 78.
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