South Jersey residents endured a surprisingly heavy snowstorm Friday — especially in Cape May County, where more than 7 inches fell in some areas.
And more snow, though a much lighter amount, could fall again late Saturday and Monday.
National Weather Service meteorologist Jim Hayes said forecasts had predicted a much lighter snowstorm of about an inch for Friday morning, but as the storm moved over the region, the precipitation “banded” together in some areas and caused heavy pockets of accumulation.
As of 8:20 a.m. Saturday, the NWS was forecasting about an inch of accumulation in South Jersey.
In Seaville and Dennisville in Cape May County, the service reported 7.5 inches, but other areas, such as Atlantic City International Airport in Egg Harbor Township, received 2.3 inches.
Hayes said banding can be difficult to predict and that it occurred because a cold front moved in and aligned with a warm front in the area, causing the precipitation to be heavier in some areas.
A storm expected Saturday night into Sunday morning could leave an inch or two of snow, Hayes said. Another storm is possible Monday night into Tuesday morning, but it’s too soon to tell what the accumulation could be, he said.
With high temperatures staying in the mid 30s for the next few days, however, Hayes warned that driving conditions could still be treacherous, as a lot of ice will remain on the roads.
Friday’s storm left many police departments dealing with minor accidents, but no serious injuries were reported. An accident shut down Exit 2 on the Atlantic City Expressway for several hours, but it was reopened by 10:30 a.m. Friday.
Mark Domsic, of the Marmora section of Upper Township, stood Friday in the plowed lot of Abundant Life Assembly of God chuch in the Seaville section of the township. He recently moved to the area from Erie, Pa., and was not impressed by the snowfall.
“This is nothing,” he said, laughing. “It’s good. Everything is a little prettier.”
Domsic said a truck pulled onto an unplowed portion of the property and started doing doughnuts in the snow.
“He did two or three doughnuts and then pulled out,” Domsic said. “We’re trying to figure out who it was.”
Frank Geiger, of the Del Haven section of Middle Township, was walking into the church.
“If it’s going to be 40 degrees and rainy or 30 degrees and snow, I’ll take the 30 degrees and snow,” he said.
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