About 1 to 4 inches of snow is expected to hit the area today. But unlike the rain that washed away Sunday’s snowfall, cold temperatures are expected to keep the accumulations around.
Precipitation was expected to begin around 7 or 8 a.m., but when it would still be warm enough to only be rain,said Anthony Gigi, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Mount Holly.
Snow is expected to fall pretty heavy for a couple of hours beginning in the afternoon, with it tapering off around 3 or 4 p.m.
“Whatever snow is going to fall is going to be hanging around,” Gigi said. “It’s going to freeze it out.”
The morning commute for the area shouldn’t be bad early on, with temperatures expected to be above freezing, Gigi said. But when the snow starts falling heavily in the afternoon, the temperatures will drop.
“It appears to be starting as rain or sleet and then getting colder,” said Tom Foley, who heads Atlantic City’s Office of Emergency Management. “I know there’s plenty of salt on hand and, under out snow plan, our crews will be out securing the roads as best as possible.”
The state Department of Transportation and local counties were treating highways with salt Monday, and speed restrictions were in place on some roads. Early in the day, three lanes were flooded on the Garden State Parkway just south of the Toms River toll plaza.
Southern New Jersey got most of the snow from Sunday’s storm. The National Weather Service said unofficial observations show 11 inches fell in Penns Grove, 9 inches in Beachwood, 7 inches in Woodbury and 6 inches in Blackwood.
Atlantic City Electric said in a release Monday it is continuing to closely monitor conditions.
Snow, sleet and freezing rain can bring tree limbs into contact with power lines to cause power outages, the utility said. The conditions can allow trees already weakened by previous storms to fall onto power lines and equipment to cause power outages. Outages can also occur due to drivers skidding into utility poles along wet and icy roads.
It will remain cold Wednesday through Friday mornings, with possible lows in the teens. That could go to single digits in some inland areas, Gigi said.
Temperatures should be better timed Saturday, when more precipitation is expected, he said.
“The system on the weekend looks like it should be mild enough for just rain,” Gigi said.
Meanwhile, Atlantic City Electric customers are asked to call in any outages and stay away from any downed wires. The number is 800-833-7476, follow the prompts, and ask for a call back to confirm that power has been restored. Outages also may be reported through atlanticcityelectric.com.
A winter storm warning is in effect for the Philadelphia area and Salem, Gloucester and Camden counties in New Jersey, where 3 to 5 inches of snow is forecast.
A winter storm warning means significant amounts of snow, sleet or ice are expected that will make travel very hazardous or impossible. A winter weather advisory means that periods of snow, sleet or freezing rain will cause travel difficulties, including slippery roads and limited visibilities.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.
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