N.J. weather: Snowstorm totals leap to 24 inches in some areas in the latest forecast update

Snow flurries have begun in parts of New Jersey as the forecast is ramped up to nearly two feet in the northwestern part of the state.

Areas near Morristown and Wantage are now expected to see between 12 to 24 inches, the National Weather Service said in a Sunday afternoon update, with New Brunswick forecasted to get up to 18 inches. Areas in the south and along the coast are expected to see significantly less snow.

A more detailed forecast is expected later Sunday afternoon, the NWS said.

“Through the day today, expect mostly light snow, but precipitation should become more steady and widespread overnight,” the NWS said in its update. Some areas along and south of the Interstate 95 corridor could see those flurries turn into sleet and rain later Sunday night.

The National Weather Service has placed nearly the entire state under a winter storm warning with 2 to 4 inches of snow expected on Sunday before a lull that lasts into early Monday.

The snow will likely be intense on Monday, with some areas seeing as much as 3 inches per hour, said Michael Priante, a meteorologist with WeatherWorks, a private weather forecasting company in Hackettstown.

While the Shore area is spared from high snow totals, towns could see coastal flooding as well as scattered power outages with travel expected to be significantly disrupted, forecasters say.

Snow start Jan. 31

Snow will start accumulating early Sunday afternoon in South Jersey before overspreading northwestern New Jersey by late tonight.National Weather Service

NJ Advance Media reporter Jeff Goldman contributed to this report.

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