by Carolyne Volpe Curley / Carolyne@WestEssexNOW.com
Updated at Saturday 7am
Light Snow began: 12am
Heavy Snow began: 5:18am
The National Weather Service in New York has now elevated their Watch alert to a Blizzard Warning for the Tri-State area; it is expected to be in effect from Friday 12am through Sunday 7am.
The Nor'Easter Warning includes West Essex and extends to the five boroughs of New York City, Long Island, and Essex and Union Counties, New Jersey. It is forecast to impact the area with Heavy Snow, Strong Winds, and Visibility of near-zero Saturday morning into evening.
"EXTREMELY DANGEROUS TRAVEL DUE TO HEAVY SNOWFALL AND STRONG WINDS WITH WHITEOUT CONDITIONS LIKELY.
The latest Radar Image is found online here.
NOAA is forecasting Heavy Snow, with accumulations of 15 to 20 inches for the tri-state area. West Essex is expecting a total of 15".
NOAA Alert is calling for "strong and potentially damaging" Northeast Winds from 30 to 40 mph with Wind Gusts up to 55 mph. West Essex is forecast to receive 24mph Winds with 38mph Gusts.
Temperatures will be in the upper 20s and lower 30s around the region.