HUNTERDON EMERGENCY MANAGER – “DON’T PANIC WITH FORECAST – PREPARE” storm still in the pacific

As you may have noticed the last 48 hours has featured considerable coverage on social media and other outlets about a potentially significant winter storm that may impact the area later this week (Friday into and through Saturday).  This afternoon the National Weather Service in Mount Holly released their initial briefing package for this event and that presentation is attached to this email.    While many outlets are sharing computer forecast model outputs depicting heavy snow depths throughout the Mid-Atlantic, it should be noted that the system that this potential storm is associated with is still out in the Pacific Ocean.  Because of this there remains considerable uncertainty in the details, including the eventual storm track and any precipitation specifics.

 

The current takeaway from the forecast and information being shared should be that of preparedness.  Monitor future forecasts, inventory resources and take appropriate measures to prepare for a potentially significant winter storm approximately 4 days from now.  In the next 24 – 48 hours the forecast should become more refined, including specifics regarding snow totals.  The next NWS briefing package is expected by 4PM Tuesday 1/19/2016 and we will continue to share information as it received.  If we can be of any assistance, don’t hesitate to ask.  

 

Regards,

Brayden Fahey