Yes, there’s a change in the weather — a hazardous one.
After a long night’s worth of rain, temperatures plummeted to below freezing kept falling while a heavy band of snow fell mid-afternoon in the Rumson-Fair Haven area.
About an inch of snow blanketed the ice and freezing sludge within an hour, making driving conditions slippery and treacherous pretty quickly.
The National Weather Service issued three advisories for the area: a winter weather advisory, in effect until midnight; a hazardous weather outlook, advising people check regularly about slippery road conditions; and a short term forecast, cautioning the dangerous effects of the weather and heavy snow showers for Monmouth and Ocean counties.
The short term forecast notified the public of the following for the night:
“THROUGH THE FIRST HALF OF THE EVENING, PLUNGING TEMPERATURES AND STRONG GUSTY NORTHWEST WINDS WILL CONTINUE.
“SCATTERED FLURRIES WILL ALSO MOVE THROUGH. IF DRIVING, PLEASE BE CAREFUL AS ALL TEMPERATURES ARE BELOW FREEZING AND DROPPING. DRIVING OR WALKING
ON UNTREATED SURFACES WILL BE EXTREMELY HAZARDOUS.”
The forecast for Monday night calls for a total snow accumulation of up to half an inch, northwest winds traveling anywhere from 18 to 26 miles per hour. Wind gusts could reach 44 miles per hour and the wind chill may dip as low as -1 degrees.
Tuesday is slated to be sunny with the same wind chill and a northwest wind of up to 13 miles per hour.