As a nor'easter pummeled Northern and Central parts of New Jersey with snow and sleet, police saved hundreds of drivers involved in crashes along chaotic and snow covered roads.

State police responded to 696 motor vehicle crashes and 1,411 "motor saves," which include spin-outs and mechanical failures, as of Thursday night, agency spokesman Lawrence Peele. No injuries have been reported.

Frustrated commuters in the upper half of the state were stuck in crawling traffic for hours.

The state Department of Transportation said in a tweet that it had more than 825 spreaders and plows working to clear state highways. Transit bus passengers should expect substantial delays and cancellations into Friday.

"We're seeing consistent weather related issues across the state," he said. "If you don't have to be on the road, don't complicate matters further."

While North Jersey was hit with snow and sleet, it was a less impactful storm for the roads in The Press' coverage area. A small stretch of Route 40 in Egg Harbor Township was shut down from 2 a.m. to 6:30 a.m. due to flooding. Sleet started off the event for most on the Mainland Thursday morning.

Snow was seen at times along and west of a line from Hammonton to Millville. However, snowfall totals held to under an inch for most in western Atlantic and Cumberland counties.

The nightmare commute for many drivers brought a wave of criticism of Democrat Gov. Phil Murphy, who tweeted Thursday that the storm was worse than forecast. He is slated to hold a briefing Friday.

Former governor Chris Christie tweeted it took him nearly six hours to travel a distance that normally would take 45 minutes.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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