N.J. weather: Freeze warnings, frost alerts issued for Friday morning’s cold snap
Posted October 18, 2018 at 02:44 PM | Updated October 18, 2018 at 04:44 PM
A combination of cold Canadian air, light winds and clear skies will result in frigid temperatures across New Jersey Friday morning. (Michelle D. Wise | For The Star-Ledger)
By Len Melisurgo | NJ Advance Media for NJ.com
Don’t be surprised if you need to break out your ice scraper Friday morning. A light coating of frost might be stuck to your windshield, because temperatures will be dropping down to the low 30s in some parts of New Jersey and maybe into the upper 20s in the northwestern counties.
With cold air drifting down from Canada, winds getting lighter and the sky staying clear tonight, the conditions are becoming more ideal for widespread frost across New Jersey and freezing or below-freezing temperatures in some parts of the Garden State, according to the National Weather Service.
A freeze warning will be in effect from 1 a.m. to 9 a.m. Friday for five New Jersey counties — Hunterdon, Morris, Somerset, Sussex and Warren — as well as Bucks, Carbon, Lehigh, Monroe and Northampton counties in eastern Pennsylvania.
“A widespread freeze is expected tonight into Friday morning,” the weather service said in its warning, noting frigid air in the upper 20s to low 30s could easily kill crops and other sensitive plants.
To protect tender plants from getting damaged, homeowners can cover them or bring them indoors.
A frost advisory is in effect from 1 a.m. to 9 a.m. Friday in all of central and southern New Jersey, except for Cape May County. An advisory is also active in western Bergen, western Essex, eastern Passaic and western Union from 3 a.m. to 9 a.m. Friday.
Forecasters expect morning lows in the advisory areas to range from the low to mid-30s.
Even if the mercury doesn’t drop to the freezing mark of 32 degrees, sensitive plants can be damaged, the weather service said.
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