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Winter Storm Surprises New Jersey With Snow

The Winter Storm that’s been affecting us since Wednesday is finally done with New Jersey but not without snow to slow the commute on Friday morning.

Interstate 195 in Jackson on Friday morning
Interstate 195 in Jackson on Friday morning (Chris Swendeman, Townsquare Media NJ)

Light snow fell overnight but didn’t stick to most roads and highways in most of the state until dawn.  The precipitation should turn to light rain everywhere by this afternoon.

A number of secondary roads around the state weren’t pretreated causing slow moving traffic approaching intersections.

JCP & L at 8:15 a.m. reported just over 1,500 customers in the dark and Atlantic City Electric reports a minimum of outages and there was only minor flooding during high tide along the coast.

PSE & G reports some outages in north Jersey where Highland Lakes in Sussex County reports 8 inches according to the National Weather Service and Boonton in Morris County got nearly 5 inches. Unofficial accumulations show 8 inches on the ground in Wantage in Sussex County, 4 inches in Edison, 2 1/2 in Freehold and a trace in Mount Holly.

Along the shore, some road closures remain including Route 36 in Highlands & Sea Bright. Flooding also continues to  block lanes on Route 40 and 322 in Atlantic City.

Thomas Foley, Atlantic City’s emergency management coordinator, tells the Star Ledger that 500 homes in low-lying areas were damaged by flooding and that the the city “lost a tremendous amount of beach” to the pounding waves over the past 2 days.

New Jersey Transit will continue to cross honor tickets again all day Friday and airport delays are minimal.

The storm is now ready to hit New England with  “a conveyor belt of wave after wave of snow coming in over the Atlantic,” says a forecaster. Coastal towns in Massachusetts are bracing for powerful waves at morning high tide and commuters are facing a tough drive. Snowfall of 8 to 12 inches is forecast in central Massachusetts and parts of Rhode Island.

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