Snow Joke: Wintery Fools' Day Forecast

Accumulations of up to 10 inches possible in certain areas.

It's no April Fools' Day joke.

A spring snowstorm is forecast to move into the New Jersey area on Friday, the second half of a two-part storm system heading our way.

The National Weather Service has issued a winter storm watch for overnight Thursday until late Friday, and areas of New Jersey may see 4 to 8 inches of snow by Friday afternoon.

Heavy snow could lead to major travel concerns for the Friday morning commute. Meteorologists warn the snow could also be wet and heavy, so beware of the potential for fallen tree branches and power lines. Power outages are also possible. Heavy, wet snow is also more difficult to shovel than powder, so take extra precautions when clearing sidewalks or digging out your cars.

Accumulations won't be high for the metro area, though -- just a possibility for a light coating.

Wind speeds up to 20 mph with gusts as high as 30 mph are also expected.

All of the winter weather clears out by midday Friday, just in time for the start of the weekend. The sun will come back out, leaving us dry and mild in the low 50s by Saturday.

As always, check back with for the latest on severe weather alerts, school closings, snow totals, forecasts and all traffic information you need to plan your commute.  

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