South Jersey Gets Most of the Snow
South Jersey is getting the worst of today's snowstorm but a state of emergency remains in effect throughout the state.
Snow is making for a messy morning commute but Townsquare meteorologist Alan Kasper expects it to end "around lunchtime."
A Winter Storm Warning issued by the National Weather Service remains in effect for south of Interstate 195 until 4 p.m. for moderate to heavy snow that will fall in the morning. No other watches or warnings are in effect.
The most snow according to National Weather Service observations includes 5.5 inches in Pitman, 4.5 inches in Somerdale and Lanoka Harbor, 4 inches in Wall, West Deptford, Haddon Heights, and Swedesboro. 3 inches was reported in Manasquan, Lakewood, Atco and Medford.
New Jersey State Police reported on their Facebook page they responded to 88 crashes and 146 motorist aid calls. 52 of the crashes and 69 aid calls were from south Jersey.
Gov. Christie declared a state of emergency to allow for easier snow removal and closed all state offices today. Monday morning Christie tweeted to urge drivers to use caution on the roads. All state roads are passable but some lesser traveled state roads in South Jersey may be snow covered. So, please use caution. Roads in North NJ are wet, but conditions can change quickly w/ any slight drop in temperature. So, again please use caution & drive slow."
A number of schools have canceled or delayed school for Monday. Some that reported as delayed openings are changing their status to closed. Others are making a very late call such as Jackson Township which didn't make the decision to close until after 7 a.m.
NJ Transit will cross honor tickets on Monday morning system wide on all rail lines and buses including private carriers according to their website. Amtrak in a press release says the Northeast Corridor and Acela service will run on a modified snow schedule.
Utilities prepared for the storm as there was concern about sleet and freezing rain bringing down power lines. PSE&G said it was making sure adequate personnel is available to handle outages and is lining up contractors and tree crews to respond. Atlantic City Electric was taking similar steps. Power outages have not been a major problem with the storm.
The latest accumulation map calls for:
- 6-8 inches for Cape May and southern Atlantic & Cumberland counties
- 4-6 inches for southern Ocean, eastern Burlington, Camden and Gloucester counties
- 2-4 inches for Ocean, Burlington, western Camden and Gloucester counties
- Less than an inch between Interstate 195 and Interstate 78
Following the storm, "near record cold" is possible late on Monday with temperatures bottoming out in between 5 and 15 degrees above zero.“If there happens to be any standing water, or water that gets there from salt on the road, that’s going to potentially freeze (Tuesday) night,” National Weather Service meteorologist Larry Nierenberg told the Star-Ledger.
The normal high temperature in New Jersey in early March falls between 45 and 50 degrees.
Text WEATHER to 89000 for updates on the storm;
- Chris Christie declares state of emergency, storm aims for South Jersey / Star-Ledger
- Gov. Christie declares emergency as South Jersey prepares for more snow / Press of Atlantic City