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Winter Storm Watch Issued For 5-8 Inches of Snow Monday Night

Forecast snowfall totals for the Feb. 16-17, 2015 storm. (Credit: NWS) Click to expand.

Forecast snowfall totals for the Feb. 16-17, 2015 storm. (Credit: NWS) Click to expand.

A winter storm watch has been issued for much of New Jersey, including coastal Ocean County, for 5-8 inches of snow to fall during a storm that will move through Monday night into Tuesday.

According to the National Weather Service, the snow will move in Monday night and last through midday Tuesday. Unlike many recent storms, coastal areas will likely have higher snowfall totals in this storm – specifically, 5-8 inches for coastal Ocean County. The winter storm watch is in effect from 6 p.m. Monday to 12 noon Tuesday.

Despite the watch being posted, forecasters are saying the track of the storm – and thus the predicted snowfall totals – are not written in stone.

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“Similar to what happened in the January 26-27 blizzard, there will be a tight snowfall gradient to the west and northwest of the storm so any seemingly minor shift in the track will either increase (if the low tracks closer to the coast) or decrease (if the low tracks farther offshore) snowfall amounts by several inches across the area (compared to our current forecast),” the weather service said in a briefing statement.

After a daytime high of 19 Monday, the overnight low will be 10 overnight. Tuesday’s high will be 26. The strong winds the area experienced on Sunday will subside gradually during the day Monday, the weather service said.