Winter Storm Warning in effect

| 02 Jan 2014 | 12:46

NEWTON — A Winter Storm Warning is in effect for most of New Jersey, including Sussex County, from 1 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 2 through 1 p.m. Friday, Jan. 3.

Snow accumulation is expected to range from 6 to 10 inches.

Thursday's high temperatures will range from the 20s to lower 30s and then dropping into the teens and single digits, Thursday night into Friday. The combination of temperatues and wind gusts could create dangerous wind chills ranging from 5 below zero to 20 below. The higher elevations are expected to produce the most dangerous wind chills.

Outdoor activities for both humans and animals should be minimized where possible due to low wind chill values.

According to the county Office of Emergency Management, travel will become hazardous late Thursday as now increases. This will be an increasingly fluffly snow as winds increase Thursdsay night. Blowing and drifting snow will make travel even more hazardous. Road-plowing operations will be greatly affected, especially due to blowing and drifting snow, and also snowfall rates near an inch per hour at times during the height of the storm.

Frozen pipes also can be expected in unprotected areas, and concrete and asphalt pavement cracking also can be expected.