Enter the South Jersey Snow Sweepstakes

South Jersey tried to snow, it really did. In the end, though, the tiny bit of snow seen Jan. 18 still keeps the area in one of the least snowiest winters, year to date. 

Snow kicked off a quick hitting storm Jan. 18. However, south winds skunked the winter part of the storm in South Jersey, flipping snow to a raw, soaking rain quickly. Upper Deerfield was the only one of the four contest locations to experience accumulated snow, barely, at 0.1 inches. Here's the leaderboard.

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Upper Deerfield barely dents the chart, but has the lead, with 0.7 inches of snow through from Jan. 1 to Jan. 23.

Adding up the totals since Jan. 1, Peggy P. remains the leader in the South Jersey Snow Sweepstakes. She guessed 3 inches of snow would fall in Upper Deerfield Township during the contest period, from Jan. 1 to Mar. 31. 

Peggy shouldn't be getting off the top spot anytime soon. A rain storm will be likely Jan. 25, following the a seasonable to mild, dry rest of the month. The next potential for a storm would be the first weekend of February, but it's still too early to say what will fall.

Ocean City snow

Ocean City woke to a blanket of heavy snow Thursday. Steady rain powered by a northeast storm Wednesday turned to snow in the late afternoon, falling steadily through much of the night. Most roads were clear in time for the morning commute, while schools had a delayed opening.

Quite a few of you believe the Heat Miser will dominate the winter. Perhaps it's wishful thinking, perhaps the mild second half of December steered your decision or perhaps you did your climate research. On average, between 10 and 13 inches of snow falls during the contest period.

Nearly half believe less than a foot will fall from Jan. 1 to Mar. 31, while 6% believe South Jersey will be pummeled by over 3 feet of snow. 

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However, many of you did your homework. When it came to location, the most contestants chose Egg Harbor Township as the community that will see the most snow. Atlantic City International Airport, located partly in the township, receives more snow on average than any of the other three sites from Jan. 1 to Mar. 31, according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's XM-ACIS2

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For the second winter in a row, the South Jersey Snow Sweepstakes allows you to put on your forecasting hat. Contestants guessed which of four locations (Egg Harbor Township, Cape May, Upper Deerfield and Little Egg Harbor Township) will see the most snow and sleet between Jan. 1 and Mar. 31. Once the location was chosen, the amount was selected next.

The entrant with the correct location and the closest total wins a video forecast from me, Joe Martucci, from your house, or wherever you'd like in South Jersey. Snowfall totals are reported from WeatherWorks' Certified Snowfall Total program. WeatherWorks is a third party snow and ice verification service that provides post-storm analysis of totals, at ZIP code resolution. 

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