The first of two back-to-back winter storms led some New Jersey districts to call for school closures and delayed openings on Monday, Feb. 11 with the potential for more snow and ice-related schedule changes from a second more serious storm on Tuesday.
The storm on Monday should be limited to 1 to 2 inches of snow primarily in the central part of the state and a coating of snow expected elsewhere, according to the National Weather Service. But the timing of the snowfall overnight into the Monday morning commute could make for challenging driving conditions and there's a threat of ice accumulation from freezing rain in Atlantic and Cape May counties, the weather service said.
The second storm, which is expected to start late Monday and continue through Tuesday, could pack a more significant punch, particularly for the northern half of the state. Snowfall totals north of I-78 could be in the 4 to 6 inch range with up to 8 inches possible in parts of Sussex County. The central part of the state between I-78 and I-195 could get 2 to 4 inches, which lesser amounts farther south, the National Weather Service said.
There's also a possibility of more widespread icing in the second storm as precipitation shifts from snow to freezing rain, and later to rain. Treacherous travel conditions could linger into Wednesday morning's rush hour.