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Winter Storm Watch Issued; Snow Forecast Increased to 4-6 Inches

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Forecast snow totals for New Jersey in the Dec. 8, 2017 storm. (Credit: NWS)
Forecast snow totals for New Jersey in the Dec. 8, 2017 storm. (Credit: NWS)

The National Weather Service has issued a winter storm watch for Ocean County – as well as the remainder of South Jersey – with a storm forecast to drop 4-6 inches of snow on Saturday.

The snow will begin in the overnight hours and last through the day Saturday. Overnight, about one inch of snow will fall, according to forecasters, followed by another 2-3 inches on Saturday during the day, and potentially one more Saturday night.

The reason for the upgrade in the snow totals is the fact that the storm will move closer to the coast, according to forecasters.

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Ocean County officials said they were ready, with the road and bridge departments mobilizing a fleet of more than 200 trucks and other vehicles and about 175 employees to salt and clear roads when the weather turns bad.

Brick officials begin plowing only after four inches of snow have fallen to ensure roads and plow equipment aren’t damaged.