Despite Storm, N.J. below Snow Average

By Pugliese, Nicholas | The Record (Bergen County, NJ), January 4, 2015 | Go to article overview

Despite Storm, N.J. below Snow Average


Pugliese, Nicholas, The Record (Bergen County, NJ)


Despite a blast of wintry precipitation Saturday afternoon that sent some vehicles skidding off roadways, North Jersey is experiencing snowfall totals well below average, and that pattern is set to continue through the coming weeks.

But winter will still make its presence felt. After a rainy day today, with temperatures possibly rising as high as the 60s, they will plummet to below freezing with biting winds toward the middle of the week.

The statewide December average for snowfall was less than an inch, whereas the historical average for the month is about 5 inches, said Dave Robinson, the New Jersey State climatologist and professor of geography at Rutgers.

"Snowfall is kind of like that -- sometimes you can get clobbered, or you get nothing," he said. He added that the lack of snowfall through December was not unprecedented. Nearly 20 Decembers over the past century have had as little snow or less than we saw in 2014.

Saturday's storm brought 1.5 inches of snow to Ridgewood, 0.7 inches to East Rutherford, and 0.5 inches to Ringwood, said Alan Reppert, a meteorologist with AccuWeather.com.

Total accumulation could have been more had temperatures not risen in late afternoon and through the night.

Robinson said a cold front moving into the area on Tuesday could whiten the ground again. …

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