As forecasters continue to monitor an upcoming storm system that may disrupt one of the biggest travel weeks of the year, the threat for any significant impacts, such as snow, are looking less likely.
Earlier this week, forecasters from the National Weather Service said there was potential for a storm system to develop in the Great Lakes and impact the eastern part of the United States by next Monday into Tuesday, which could have disrupted travel plans for many heading to Thanksgiving gatherings.
However, on Friday, weather officials said the storm is now expected to stay far east of New Jersey, which means any impacts coming our way are expected to stay minimal.
“The good news is that, we’re getting better data for the potential storm on Tuesday and right now it’s looking like everything is going to stay far enough east to not be a significant issue at all,” said Steven DiMartino, a private meteorologist for NY NJ PA Weather.
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A cold front, however, is expected to move across New Jersey late Sunday into early Monday, bringing the potential for some showers, according to the National Weather Service. This cold front will also look to bring a wave of frigid air coming down from the north.
By late Monday into early Tuesday morning, temperatures will drop into the low 40s and high 30s for much of the state, while winds will range from 30 to 35 mph with potential gusts up to 40 mph, the weather service said.
On Tuesday, wind-chill temperatures around the 20s during the daytime hours may be seen statewide, forecasters said. Temperatures may potentially drop into the teens by the evening hours.
Additionally, any cold air and gusty winds could linger into Wednesday, DiMartino said. “We still can’t rule out any flurries for that day, but temperatures will still feel frigid with temperatures hovering around the mid-to-high 20s and low-30s.”
As of Friday, the forecast for Thanksgiving day is calling for cloudy skies, temperatures rising into the mid-to-high 40s with a slight chance of rain showers, according to the weather service’s 10-day outlook.
Joshua Chung is the 9-5 breaking news and weather reporter. A lifelong Jersey Shore resident, he is a recent graduate of Michigan State University. Contact him at email@example.com, 917-703-9373 or on Twitter @Joshchunggg