South Jersey received a cold soaking Wednesday, but it avoided the worst of the winter weather.

The service issued a winter weather advisory Tuesday for Atlantic, Cumberland and Ocean counties.

A storm passing through the East Coast Tuesday night and Wednesday morning is expected to leave up to an inch of snow and sleet, as well as between one- and two-tenths of an inch of ice.

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The service said the snow and sleet should start around midnight, changing over to freezing rain, then just rain, later Wednesday morning.

Lows are locally expected in the mid-30s overnight, although highs may get to the upper 40s during the day Wednesday.

While it may not sound like much, the weather service warned that the roads may be slippery during the morning commute.

“It does not take much ice to result in slippery conditions,” the National Weather Service said in a bulletin, “especially on untreated bridges, overpasses and other elevated surfaces.”

Gov. Chris Christie issued his second bad-weather executive order this week, with the Philadelphia suburbs and North Jersey expected to fare far worse from the overnight storm. There, temperatures will be lower and precipitation greater, leading to slippier roads and potentially downed power lines and trees.

The governor’s executive order closed state offices on Wednesday for non-essential workers. It also allowed the state office of emergency management to continue coordinating storm recovery with local emergency managers. Christie again encouraged state residents to not drive, so first-responders and public safety officials can respond to emergencies.

The South Jersey Transportation Authority’s administrative offices in Hammonton will also be closed, spokesman Kevin Rehmann said.

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