Safety Information: Winter Storm Jonas
Winter Storm Jonas is kicking off Thursday with an initial round of snow and ice, and will turn into a major snowstorm Friday into the weekend over a large swath of the East Coast. Heavy snow is expected to fall across parts of at least 15 states, with blizzard conditions possible over parts of the Washington D.C., Baltimore and New York City metro areas. Winter Storm Jonas will also feature strong, possibly damaging winds, significant icing and coastal flooding.
A blizzard watch has been issued for 14 counties in New Jersey from Friday night through Sunday morning, according to the National Weather Service.
Hudson, Essex, Union, Somerset, Middlesex, Mercer, Monmouth, Ocean, Burlington, Camden, Gloucester, Salem, Cumberland and Atlantic counties are part of the blizzard watch. Sussex, Warren, Passaic, Hunterdon, Bergen and Cape May are still under a winter storm watch.
Minimize travel. If travel is necessary, keep a disaster supplies kit in your vehicle.
Bring pets/companion animals inside during winter weather. Move other animals or livestock to sheltered areas with non-frozen drinking water.
Strongest wind potential: Delmarva Peninsula, Chesapeake Bay, New Jersey and Long Island Saturday. Occasional gusts to 60 mph, coupled with the weight of wet, heavy snow in some of these areas, will likely lead to power outages, downed trees and limbs, and perhaps some structural damage
Areas of particular concern according to the National Weather Service include:
- Delaware, including both Delaware Bay and the Atlantic beaches, southward to Maryland's Atlantic coast
- The Jersey shore, including the south shore of Raritan Bay
- The western side of Chesapeake Bay, including tidewater inlets and the Norfolk/Newport News metropolitan area