Light to moderate snow already dropped a few inches across New Jersey on Monday, but this storm is just getting started with blizzard conditions intensifying overnight.

The snow "bullseye" for this storm is still expected to stretch from New York City and Long Island up to Boston, where snow will be easily measured in feet instead of inches. I think the severity of this storm remains best described by the National Weather Service: "a crippling and potentially historic blizzard".

Snow totals have been tweaked slightly, but the expectation of 6 to 24+ inches of snow holds steady. Here is our latest forecast:

The latest blizzard forecast for January 26-27, 2014 (Dan Zarrow, Townsquare Media)
The latest blizzard forecast for January 26-27, 2014 (Dan Zarrow, Townsquare Media)

New Jersey is getting "clipped" by the heavy stuff, which is why the big snow totals are limited to far northeastern New Jersey and the eastern portions of Middlesex, Monmouth, and Ocean counties. It's pretty clear that there will be a very tight gradient between "boom" and "bust" - in other words, one town may see 2 feet of snow, while the next town to the west will only see 6 inches.

Regardless, this remains a significant winter storm that will have lasting impacts throughout the Garden State. Winds will remain fierce all night, gusting as high as 50 mph. That wind will easily blow around the powdery, fluffy snow, reducing visibility even beyond the heavy falling snow alone. In addition, the strong winds and heavy snow increase the risk for power outages, which would make a bad situation even worse without power, light, and heat.

A Blizzard Warning contains through Tuesday for Bergen, Passaic, Hudson, Essex, Union, Middlesex, Monmouth, and Ocean counties. The rest of the state is under a slightly-less-ominous-but-still-serious Winter Storm Warning.

Here's the latest radar - dark blue colors indicate the heaviest snow bands...

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