The National Weather Service has released its updated forecast for the upcoming storm and it includes subzero temperatures and increased snowfall totals for Monmouth County
The county will see between 8-12 inches of snow throughout the day with the heaviest accumulation expected to last until between 1-2 p.m. on Thursday, Jan. 4. Southern Ocean County and all counties south along the coast will see higher snow totals. Due to the extremely cold temperatures, the snow will likely stick to roadways as it did on Saturday, Dec. 30.
A blizzard warning is in effect for Monmouth County and blizzard-like conditions are expected along the coast. Regardless of snow amounts, strong winds will lead to areas of significant blowing and drifting snow further impacting travel.
With the wind chill factor, temperatures will fall below zero on Thursday night and feel like -12 degrees on Friday evening, Jan. 5 through early Sunday, Jan. 7. The lowest wind chills are expected Friday and Saturday morning.
"Preparations should be completed by Thursday on ensuring home heating systems are in good working order and adequately fueled," the National Weather Service warns. "Safety suggests that an extra set of warm winter clothing is stashed in the car in case of a breakdown in rural areas Thursday night-Sunday morning."
Winds could possibly cause power outages, so families should prepare for that possibility as well.
Minor coastal flooding is possible Thursday. In addition to typical minor coastal flooding impacts, any stagnant flood waters may freeze on road surfaces.