Morning snow slickens NJ roads, causes spinouts
TRENTON — New Jersey's first storm of this winter left a coating of snow and ice that closed two major highways.
Route 195 westbound was closed around 7 a.m. in Hamilton Township on Saturday morning with a crash at Exit 3 for Hamilton Square Road. The road was reopened at 8 a.m.
Route 80 remained closed in Morris County at 8 a.m. with a crash involving a tractor trailer at Exit 28. There were also numerous spinouts and cars off the road on Route 78, the Garden State Parkway and the New Jersey Turnpike.
Speeds were reduced on the Parkway and Turnpike on Saturday morning.
"Snowy and icy roads? That's what a Winter Weather Advisory is all about," New Jersey 101.5 Meteorologist Dan Zarrow said. "A few inches of snow and light icing won't really affect you if you stay home. But travel through this morning and part of this afternoon will remain quite treacherous."
Spokesman Steve Schapiro said the state Department of Transportation had about 1,000 pieces of equipment on the roads.
"State highways are wet and passable but side roads are snow covered," Schapiro said, adding drivers should slow down, plan extra time for their trip and to increase the distance between their car and the car in front of them. "If drivers can wait until the afternoon to make their trip, conditions should be improve."
The snow did not cause many power outages, according to the JCP&L, PSE&G and Atlantic City Electric outage maps.
Delays were minimal at Newark Liberty International Airport, according to FlightAware.com, and NJ Transit did not report any storm related problems.
The good news is that you don't have to break out the snow plow and shovels.
"The combination of rain and warmer temperatures will probably melt/wash away snow from pavement surfaces by later Saturday," Zarrow said.