Ice Threat Melts; More Snow Thursday

Fog in Stewartsville Tuesday morning after overnight rain

Thankfully the ice threat never materialized in southern locations overnight. Much warmer air overtook the area as the storm system passed to our west and we were on the “warm” side of the storm.

When warmer air hits the cold snow pack, it common to make fog as is seen in many areas this morning

Ice? I did not see nay in Stewartsville area overnight as the temperature was just above freezing all night. Anyone get ice? If so please let me know in the comments

Overnight lows in northern NJ tuesday morning, Feb. 16, 2021

As shown on the above map, overnight low temperatures. I’m sure many of these were recorded just after midnight

Overnight rainfall in northern NJ, Feb. 16, 2021

And then there’s the rain. Many areas received at least 3/4″ of an inch and some more. This should put a nice dent in the snowpack. But don’t worry snow lovers – reinforcements are on the way!

NWS snow forecast for Thursday

Speaking of snow, our next parade of storms will arrive on Thursday. At this point this storm appears to be somewhat colder and snowier than the last storm. Look for snow to arrive Thursday morning and last a good part of the day. The snow looks to be plowable and be in the 4-8″ range – more to the north and less to the south.

Warmer air looks to arrive thursday night and change many areas (especially south) to a wintry mix of first sleet and then possibly freezing rain.

We’ll keep an eye on this and update accordingly.

Some good news? After this storm the atmosphere looks to “take a break” for a little while so expect some calmer and seasonable conditions. But remember: it’s still winter and still February!

Dancing Frost

OK I know that’s a strange title. But as a photographer, its difficult for me to blog about this because I don’t have photographic evidence.


It was a cold morning (10 degrees!). As I greeted my rental car, it had a nice wintertime display on all the windows courtesy of Jack Frost.

OK here’s the hard part. As I started driving, I noticed one of the frosty snowflakes on the windshield started spinning! I can assure you I was awake and not hallucinating! As I picked up speed, the spinning flake flew off the windshield. It was so young!

As I drove across PA and into Ohio, below are some of the images from the road showing the recent snow and ice that was on the roadside trees.





Winter Has Arrived!


On Friday morning we had our coldest morning of the new cold season so far. We also had our first freeze as you can see in the photo of ice on my deck to the left.

What was somewhat unusual is we had our first freeze before we had our first frost. We just never had clear, calm cool evenings in the 30’s so far. We had some early mornings in the 30’s but there was wind which prevents a frost from forming.

More of the frozen stuff is on the horizon as wet snow is in the forecast for Saturday. So I guess I need to put my shorts away?


Parking Lot Glaciers Recede


This pile of snow and ice was large enough to not only block out the stores behind it but the trees as well. In fact it turned into a mini ski slope. OK maybe that didn’t happen but this is what’s left of the pile after several heavy spring rains and warmer temperatures.


Snow Cracks


The other day I noticed something that looked like a crack in the snow in my front yard. I didn’t think too much of it. I thought it was related to a mouse or other animal.

Then today while walking to the curb to pickup the newspaper, I noticed another one. This was a clear crack in the snow. In looking around I could see there were others. Some were attached – others not. It almost looks like a small scale snow plate tectonics – similar to what the earth’s crust does. It makes me wonder if it’s a coincidence or at these giant patches of snow that are very heavy and encased in a glaze from the recent ice storms really moving? I’ll have to keep my eye on these – unless the warmer temperatures of the weekend have other plans.



Nasty row of icicles!

And you thought the icicles at your house were big. These had to be nearly 2 feet long on average.

The sad thing about icicles, even though they are pretty and interesting to look at, they are showing waster energy. What I mean by that is heat is escaping from the roof/attic so much that its melting the snow on the roof that then drips off and freezes if the temperature is below freezing. I guess that’s fine if you can afford that. But this can also lead to what is called “ice dams.”

I was planning on the photo of the day being some more PR photos I need to take. But the model is late so you will have to wait until tomorrow. But make sure you come back because it promises to be a “magical” photo!! It definitely will not be “wicked”!!


Frozen Musconetcong River

Frozen musconetcong river

Updated picture from a few days ago showing the beginnings of ice forming on the river. Thanks to some very cold mornings (coldest in 15 years) the ice is thicker and now covered with a thin layer of snow. That snow layer might get a little thicker by Thursday morning as we are forecasted to get 4-8” of new snow.