By Monday night, there will be widespread rain across the area. With a north/northwest wind, areas south/west of Grand Rapids will likely get hammered with accumulations.
Forecasters say the bigger weather issue will not be the snow, but the brutal blast of Arctic air that will sweep across the New Jersey region Tuesday evening through Wednesday morning. A general 5 to 10 inches is expected across Central New York.
Snow will overspread the North Country from late-morning into the afternoon. Two to four inches of snow has fallen, with the highest amounts so far from Highway 30 to I-80. Snow looks to push out by noon on Monday.
Snow has cancelled over 900 flights in Chicago Monday as those from the Midwest to the South to the Northeast brace for a major temperature plunge. Areas of sleet and freezing rain are also possible along and around this line. At this point, light accumulations are possible. We will top off at 70 tomorrow afternoon but temperatures quickly drop Monday night as a strong cold front passes.
Chicago has already seen a fair dusting of snow, with more to come.
If any snow does accumulate Tuesday, it will be the first official snow of the season in New Jersey. Outside of the lake effect, expect some partial sunshine.
After a cold and windy day Wednesday, with a high near 31 and a low near 19, snow could return Thursday, as temperatures fall from an expected high near 36 to an overnight low about 29, according to forecasters.
A winter storm warning is in effect for parts of upstate NY, with up to 12 inches of snow expected in some areas followed by record cold temperatures. There's a chance of showers late Monday as our weather begins to take a wet - and quite cold - turn toward midweek.