Residents of Cumberland and western Atlantic counties were digging out Thursday after 6 to 9 inches of snow fell Wednesday.
Snow fell early Wednesday morning, and the rain-snow line pushed as far as Millville and Hammonton.
During the morning rush, a nose of warm air aloft, due to easterly winds, changed any snow to rain. As it did, South Jersey had thunderstorms and even thundersnow.
But between 11:30 a.m. and 2:30 p.m., the rain-snow line pushed out from the New Jersey Turnpike all the way to the coast, as winds flipped to the north and brought colder air back in.
Vineland Mayor Anthony Fanucci, in an interview on The Press of Atlantic City’s Facebook Page, said the city was out in full force to clean up the roads early Thursday: “Road crews were clearing out some of this slushy mess Wednesday night. We let the salt do its work on Thursday morning. It could have been a lot worse if low temperatures were well below freezing, instead of 31 degrees.”
Wednesday night, as many as 17,000 people were without power from Atlantic City Electric. Most issues were in western Atlantic and Cumberland counties. The heavy, wet snow weighed down power lines and trees, weakened in spots from last Friday’s windy nor’easter. That was the focus in Atlantic County for Public Works crews.
“The amount of downed trees was a bigger issue than road cleanup. Areas such as Hammonton, Buena and Folsom, which received the most snow, also had the most downed trees due to the weight of the snow,” said Linda Gilmore, Atlantic County’s public information officer.
As of Thursday morning, all county roadways were passable, Gilmore said. Crews were out early to check roads and remove any additional debris, she said.
Farther north and west in New Jersey, residents were struggling Thursday.
Gov. Phil Murphy said he was ordering a review of how the state’s utilities handled their response to the two recent winter storms that left thousands without power.
Murphy said Thursday at a news conference a state of emergency remains in effect and about 225,000 residents were still without power. He said that was down from 350,000 at the height of the outages. He added about 17,000 residents were still without power from last week’s storm, as well.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.