South Jersey residents are dealing with icy roadways and as much as seven inches of snow after the area was hit by a late-season coastal storm overnight.
Cape May County saw the worst of the storm with accumulations of 4 to 7 inches. Atlantic County saw 2 to 5 inches and Cumberland County saw about 4 inches. South Jersey was the hardest-hit area of the state.
The Atlantic City Airport had seen 3.9 inches of snow by midnight, setting a March 25 record according to the National Weather Service.
Roadways are covered with slush and are icy in some areas, so motorists are urged to use caution.
Speed limits were reduced early this morning from Exit 105 through the southern end of the Garden State Parkway, but the reduction was lifted by 7 a.m., New Jersey Turnpike Authority Spokesman Tom Feeney said.
Snow began falling at about 2 p.m. Tuesday afternoon and continued through the evening before ending early this morning. Flurries are possible through the morning but additional snowfall will be minimal.
While the snowfall is all but over in South Jersey, the storm is still expected to pack another wallop in the form of strong winds, which will pick up in late morning and continue through the afternoon.
Gusts of 45 mph are possible, which could be enough to break tree limbs laden with wet snow. National Weather Service meteorologist Walter Drag said about 5 inches of snow puts tree limbs in danger of breakage.
The snow will begin to melt by midday as temperatures rise above freezing. Near-record colds of around 20 degrees are expected tonight through tomorrow morning, Drag said.
Atlantic County Electric’s outage map was clear early this morning, and State Police in Woodbine said no accidents had occurred overnight or this morning. Most area schools are open today, but a few have delayed openings.