WEATHER - SNOWSTORMS 101
are patterns of snowfall in New Jersey?
question every winter is “will we get much snow
this year?”. Although no forecasting technique
is 100% foolproof, we do know that snowstorms are always
a wintertime hazard in New Jersey. Snow may fall in
New Jersey between the late Fall through the early Spring,
and often comes with the storms known as “nor’easters”.
For seasonal outlooks for winter weather, keep an eye
on you local NWS WFO websites
much snow has fallen in my area recently?
Office of the New Jersey State Climatologist has a website
with a variety of climate data and links for climate
information. Try http://climate.rutgers.edu/stateclim/stations/index.html,
select “snow” for the “data”
box, choose your month and year, and click “get
the map!” to see recent snowfall maps for New
can I do to prepare for snowstorms?
information for snow and other winter hazards may be
found on the websites www.nws.noaa.gov/om/winterstorm/winterstorms.pdf
The Red Cross site has preparedness materials in a variety
of languages - share this information with those you
know who feel more comfortable with another language!
sure to heed winter storm watch and warning information.
Avoid driving in snowstorms - about 70% of injuries
in ice and snow occur from vehicle accidents. Avoid
overexertion from activities such as shoveling snow,
pushing cars and walking in deep snow, as risks include
heart attack and hypothermia.
Where can I find more information?
sure to find out more from the links listed above and
the National Weather Service’s Weather Forecast
Offices’ (WFO) homepages:
Holly, NJ WFO: www.nws.noaa.gov/er/phi
Upton, NY WFO: www.nws.noaa.gov/er/okx