National Weather Service

While Wednesday’s weather may feel like spring, the National Weather Service has issued a winter storm watch for Mercer County and most of New Jersey.

Forecasters from the National Weather Service believe 4 to 8 inches of snow could fall in Mercer County.

Due to Wednesday’s high temperatures, the storm will first bring rain to our area around midnight. However, snow will begin falling during the early hours of Thursday morning, and forecasts are predicting the heaviest snowfall will occur during the morning commute, from 6 to 9 a.m. The storm is expected to end early Thursday afternoon.

While 4 to 8 inches of snow is the National Weather Service’s most likely prediction, forecasters said there is a possibly for Mercer County to receive up to 10 inches of snow. Wednesday’s high temperatures and the fast-moving nature of the storm are two main factors that can change the snowfall totals. The National Weather Service said people should expect to see a minimum of two inches of snow in Mercer County.

For the latest snowfall predictions and updates, visit the National Weather Service’s website.

Township code prohibits parking on any street in Robbinsville whenever enough snow has fallen that it covers the roadway. The law is meant to allow crews to clear roadways of snow, but it can also save vehicle owners a headache like the one pictured in Town Center after township crews plowed in a van during a Jan. 27, 2011 storm. (File photo by Suzette J. Lucas.)

What do you need to do before and after the storm?

While just about every town in Mercer County encourages residents not to park their cars on the street during a snowstorm, some towns make it illegal. In Robbinsville, it’s illegal to park your car on the street whenever the roadway is covered with snow.

Mercer County residents are also responsible for removing snow from their sidewalks, but each town gives residents a different amount of time to clear the snow. In Lawrence, residents have 24 hours to clear their sidewalks. In Hamilton, residents have 12 daylight hours after the winter weather has ended.

Families celebrated the first snowfall of the year at Foxmoor. (Photo by Suzette J. Lucas.)

While residents have to clear snow from cars and shovel sidewalks after snow storms, many families use the winter weather to their advantage by taking a trip to their favorite sledding hills throughout the county.

Earlier this year, families in Robbinsville celebrated the first snowfall by sledding down the hill in Foxmoor. If the National Weather Service’s predictions are correct, families will be able to head back out to their favorite sledding spot for more winter activities as early as Thursday afternoon.