If you planned to brave the elements, figuring that you wouldn't have much competition for bargains at the Ocean County Mall in Toms River tonight...save yourself the drive.

Simon Properties executives sent workers home and shut the lights at 4:30 Tuesday afternoon as relentless snow and pounding winds drove temperatues down and drift accumulations up.

Marketing Director Tara Melodick says that a decision on Wednesday's opening time will be determined before normal business hours usually begin.