Messy Storm Arrives In New Jersey
Snow began falling earlier than expected across south Jersey prompting changes to the forecast that call for higher amounts of snow.
3-6 inches of snow are expected to fall in Ocean, Burlington, Camden, Gloucester and Salem counties as the snow began falling earlier than expected in the late morning at the rate of an inch an hour.
NBC 40 meteorologist Dan Skeldon is reporting over 3 inches of snow in Blackwood in Camden County on his Facebook page in just over an hour.
A number of accidents are reported to New Jersey Fast Traffic as untreated roads quickly become snow covered. The New Jersey Turnpike and Interstate 295 have several accidents near the Delaware Memorial Bridge resulting in partial closures and the
Toms River Police Chief Tom Mastronardy reports at least 20 accidents at 1 p.m. Manchester Police report several minor accidents on Route 70. There are also accidents on the Garden State Parkway in Toms River with overall slower traffic. WOBM's Justin Louis reports the Garden State Parkway is a "parking lot" in Ocean County in the Brick area.
A Winter Weather Advisory continues in Monmouth, Middlesex, Somerset and Mercer counties along with Hunterdon, Warren, Sussex, Morris and Passaic counties are under a Winter Weather Advisory Winter Weather Advisory as the snow could be heavy for a time this afternoon in these areas.
Delays of 1 hour, 45 min are reported at Philadelphia while Newark and Kennedy have 60 minute delays.
Snow will spread across New Jersey during the afternoon and fall for a few hours as changes to freezing rain sleet and then finally rain from south to north by early Monday as temperature rise.
North Jersey is where the frozen precipitation will last the longest creating slick roads and have an affect on roads and especially secondary roads for the Monday morning commute. "The transition could make driving difficult, especially on bridges and overpasses," Jim Bunker of the National Weather Service's Mt. Holly office told the Star Ledger.
Interior Pennsylvania, New York State and New England have the best chance for more are all also preparing for a change from snow to a wintry mix that will create hazardous driving conditions, potential power outages and flight delays.