By far, the strongest winter storm of the season will impact the region on Monday with snow and ice. As a result, the National Weather Service has issued a Winter Storm Warning for the Monmouth County area.
Do not be fooled by the mild weather on Sunday. While high temperatures on Sunday will be in the low 40's, cold air will rush into the area Sunday night and temperatures should be at or below freezing by midnight on Sunday and will remain below freezing until Wednesday.
The following weather conditions are expected for this major winter storm:
Cloudy and mild with light rain starting by sunset. Temperatures well above freezing so there should be no problems with the roads. Use this time to prepare.
Temperatures will quickly fall during the evening hours and should be at or below freezing by midnight. Rain could change over to a wintry mix prior to midnight. The wintry mix will change to all snow well before sunrise on Monday.
Heavy snow on Monday will end late Monday night. Winds will gust up to 25mph causing blowing and drifting of the snow.
Near record setting cold air will enter the area Monday night as nighttime lows will be around 4 degrees with wind chills below zero. Please bring pets inside for this storm event.
Howell Township is fully PRERARED and READY for this major winter storm. Snow fighting equipment for Howell has been inspected and is ready to be deployed with the start of winter weather. In addition, roads will be pre-treated with salt in hopes of minimizing icing conditions. Also, Howell Township has sufficient road salt in stock to properly handle the event.
Township officials are urging residents to monitor weather forecast. While there is always some uncertainty regarding exact timing and amount of snow, there is no question that a major winter storm will impact the area on Monday. Please use the time on Sunday to prepare for the approaching storm as travel on Monday could become dangerous.
A reminder that Howell Township has local ordinances that prohibit the parking of vehicles on roads and streets once they become snow covered. Based on current forecast, please remove vehicles from the street prior to retiring Sunday night. Roads will be snow covered by Monday morning.
Additional weather statements will be issued as conditions warrant. Again, a major winter storm will impact the area on Monday with near record setting cold. Get ready ... Be prepared!