Winter storm to skirt N.J. but still bring snow, sleet, rain

Note: This post was updated at 5:30 p.m. to include the latest winter weather advisories that were issued across the region for Sunday.

Another winter storm headed for the Northeast this weekend should bring sleet and snow to northern New Jersey while the rest of the state should see rain, forecasters say.

Mild temperatures on Saturday and rain on Sunday should melt the snow that fell on central and southern New Jersey on Thursday, but northern New Jersey is due for more snow and sleet, according to the National Weather Service.

The storm actually skirts north of New Jersey, dumping most of its load of snow from New York to Maine and Massachusetts, according to AccuWeather.  But forecasters said some parts of northern and northwestern New Jersey could get 2 to 4 inches of snow, plus a coating of ice.

Ahead of Sunday's storm, temperatures should be in the 40s on Saturday, helping to melt the snow that blanketed New Jersey on Thursday.

The daytime highs range from 43 around Sussex County, to 49 near Belmar and up to 53 degrees in Atlantic City, according to the weather service.

This map, updated by the National Weather Service Saturday afternoon, shows the snowfall projections for northwestern New Jersey. (National Weather Service) 

Rain moves in on Saturday night, mainly after 3 a.m. Temperatures will take a dip overnight to the high 30s in the central and southern portion of the state but to near freezing in the northern region, the weather service says.

Those temperatures set up northern New Jersey for sleet and snow on Sunday, the weather service says. The precipitation should start as sleet possibly mixed with freezing rain, mainly before 4 p.m. That could turn to snow and sleet between 1 p.m. and 4 p.m. and then back to sleet.

Morris, Sussex and Warren counties could see 1-2 inches of new snow and sleet, the weather service says. Western Bergen and western Passaic counties could get as much as 2 to 4 inches of snow, as well as a coating of ice, making roads potentially dangerous.

With warmer temperatures in central and southern New Jersey, those areas should get a rainy day on Sunday, forecasters said.

This map, updated by the National Weather Service Saturday evening, shows the snowfall projections for northeastern sections of New Jersey, as well as New York City and Long Island. (National Weather Service) 

Storm alerts (updated 5:30 p.m. Saturday)

-- A winter weather advisory is in effect for Sussex County from midnight Saturday through midnight Sunday, along with Carbon and Monroe counties in northeastern Pennsylvania.

-- A winter weather advisory is in effect from 3 a.m. Sunday through 6 p.m. Sunday in Morris and Warren counties.

-- A winter weather advisory is in effect from 6 a.m. Sunday through 1 p.m. Sunday in Somerset and Hunterdon counties.

-- A winter weather advisory is in effect from 2 a.m. Sunday through noon on Sunday in Bergen, Essex, Hudson, Passaic and Union counties, along with New York City, Long Island, Orange, Putnam, Rockland and northern Westchester counties in New York. 

The latest ice projections for northwestern New Jersey on Sunday. (National Weather Service) 

The latest ice projections for northeastern sections of New Jersey. (National Weather Service)  

NJ Advance Media staff writer Len Melisurgo contributed to this report. MaryAnn Spoto may be reached at mspoto@njadvancemedia.com. Follow her on Twitter @MaryAnnSpoto. Find NJ.com on Facebook.

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