Winter storm warning, wind advisories issued for strong weekend storm with rain, snow, 50 mph gust

The National Weather Service has upgraded its winter storm watch to a winter storm warning for Sussex and Warren counties,

a powerful storm system that will impact New Jersey on Saturday is likely to drop 4 to 6 inches of snow on the state’s northwestern region and create slick driving conditions.

the weather service has issued winter weather advisories in 10 counties, where lighter snow is expected,

wind advisories across most areas of the Garden State because of the potential

for damaging winds that could cause scattered power outages.

The storm is expected to start as rain, with some isolated thunderstorms possible, during the early morning hours on Saturday.

With temperatures forecast to drop below the freezing mark as a strong Arctic cold front pushes in

rain will likely change to snow in many areas of northern and central New Jersey, the National Weather Service said.

On top of the rain and snow, the storm will generate winds that could gust as high as 40 to 50 mph at times — strong enough to knock down some trees limbs and power lines.