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Stuck in a winter storm: Should you stay or go?

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If you're stranded during the height of a winter storm, should you stay where you are or is it better to leave? That depends on the situation. Here are some tips:

STAY:

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  • If stuck on the road to avoid exposure and/or rescue is likely
  • If a safe location is neither nearby or visible
  • If you do not have appropriate clothing to go outside
  • If you do not have the ability to call for help

GO:

  • If the distance to call for help is accessible.
  • If you have visibility and outside conditions are safe.
  • If you have appropriate clothing.
  • Once the storm has passed, if you are not already home, follow instructions from your local transportation department and emergency management agency to determine which route will be safest for you to get home. Drive with extra caution.

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Broadcast meteorologist for 15 years (Marquette, Michigan; Burlington, VT; Albany, NY; South Jersey). NBC40 Chief meteorologist from December 2003 through December 2014. Press meteorologist since January 2015

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Here is Your South Jersey Forecast

TUESDAY► Mostly cloudy with some patchy drizzle and fog possible early as well a few scattered showers through midday. Some breaks of sun are possible later in the day, or at the very least drier weather. Cooler with highs around 75-80, thanks to a northeast wind around 10-15mph.

WEDNESDAY► Partly to mostly sunny and a fairly cooler and comfier late July day, with an easterly ocean breeze at 10-15mph keeping highs in the mid to upper 70s.

THURSDAY► Partly sunny and warmer as the humidity begins to creep upwards once again.  Highs in the upper 70s to near 80 along the shore, closer to 85 on the mainland. South winds around 10mph.

FRIDAY► Partly sunny, warm, and humid with some passing showers and thunderstorms possible, but far from a washout. Our warmest day of the forecast with highs in the mid to upper 80s, and a south to southwest wind around 15mph.

NEXT WEEKEND► Becoming partly to mostly sunny and comfortably warm with fairly low humidity. Highs in the upper 70s along the shore with light sea-breezes, low 80s farther inland.