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Heavy ice accretion encases the High Point Monument NJWxNet station on December 31st, following freezing rain on December 30th. Photo courtesy of Nick Stefano.

There were multiple faces to December weather around the Garden State. Regionally, the north received above-average snowfall, several episodes of freezing rain, and over two weeks of snow cover, particularly at higher elevations. Central and southern areas saw less snow than average and temperatures a little milder than normal compared to up north. There was also a notable difference between the first and second halves of the month, with the first being stormy and the second having just one storm.

Despite a wintry start to the month, the statewide average temperature of 36.3° was 1.1° above the 1981–2010 normal and ranks as the 29th mildest since 1895 (tied with 2016). The north portion of the state averaged 33.1° (+0.4°), the south 38.2° (+1.6°), and the coast 39.4° (+1.7°). Despite a rather dry second half, the 5.56” of rain and melted snowfall averaged across the state was 1.71” above average, ranking as the 19th wettest (tied with 2012). The coast was wettest, averaging 6.09” (+2.33”), followed by the south with 5.60” (+1.81”), and then the north with 5.44” (+1.49”). Snowfall averaged 3.2”, which was 1.6” below average. The north came in with 8.0”, or 1.4” more than average, while the central area had 3.4” (-2.0”) and the south 0.5” (-3.1”).

Latest Extremes

City, State Temp
Harvey Cedars, NJ 24
Seaside Heights, NJ 24
Lower Alloways Creek, NJ 24
Atlantic City Marina, NJ 24
Point Pleasant, NJ 23
City, State Temp
High Point Monument, NJ 10
High Point, NJ 12
Sandyston, NJ 15
Charlotteburg, NJ 16
Parsippany, NJ 17
most current information as of Jan 18 7:58 AM

Latest Conditions & Forecast

New Brunswick, NJ

Rutgers University Meteorology Program

21°F

Wind

3 mph from the NNE

Wind Gust

4 mph from the NNE

Chance Snow then Snow/Sleet
33 °F
Wintry Mix then Chance Rain
33 °F
Chance Flurries
39 °F
Chance Flurries
22 °F
Mostly Sunny
32 °F
Mostly Clear
17 °F
Sunny
33 °F
Mostly Clear
16 °F
Sunny
37 °F
Mostly Clear
19 °F
Sunny
43 °F
Partly Cloudy
26 °F
Mostly Sunny
45 °F

Today

Snow before 5pm, then snow, possibly mixed with sleet. High near 33. Calm wind becoming south 5 to 7 mph in the afternoon. Chance of precipitation is 90%. Total daytime snow and sleet accumulation of 1 to 3 inches possible.

Tonight

Rain and snow, possibly mixed with sleet before 7pm, then rain and snow between 7pm and 10pm, then a chance of rain after 10pm. Low around 33. South wind 9 to 11 mph. Chance of precipitation is 90%. New snow and sleet accumulation of less than a half inch possible.

Sunday

A chance of flurries after 1pm. Partly sunny, with a high near 39. West wind 13 to 18 mph, with gusts as high as 30 mph.

Sunday Night

A chance of flurries. Partly cloudy, with a low around 22. West wind 10 to 16 mph.

M.L.King Day

Mostly sunny, with a high near 32. Northwest wind 11 to 14 mph.

Monday Night

Mostly clear, with a low around 17.

Tuesday

Sunny, with a high near 33.

Tuesday Night

Mostly clear, with a low around 16.

Wednesday

Sunny, with a high near 37.

Wednesday Night

Mostly clear, with a low around 19.

Thursday

Sunny, with a high near 43.

Thursday Night

Partly cloudy, with a low around 26.

Friday

Mostly sunny, with a high near 45.

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