Nor’easter Bears Down On New Jersey With Rain, Snow [POLL]
The Nor’easter is not done with us yet as heavier snow is expected to fall across New Jersey for much of the evening before ending early Saturday morning leaving behind up to a foot of snow in some areas.
Precipitation began as rain for central and southern counties as temperatures climbed above the freezing mark. But the rain/snow line creeped further to the south making for a tough commute for many in central and northern New Jersey .
NJ Transit has cancelled service for the rest of Friday night on the Morris & Essex, Montclair-Boonton and Gladstone lines due to rapidly deteriorating weather conditions. All bus routes north of Interstate 195 are suspended as of 8 p.m.
There was also a lull in the storm with no precipitation falling in many areas to the west and south.
Snowy Friday Night
As the storm continues to intensify, it will bring in cold air and precipitation for everyone with several hours of intense snow falling at a rate of 1-2 inches per hour before ending on Saturday morning according to an advisory from the National Weather Service.
Gov. Chris Christie is urging New Jerseyans to stay off the roads as the nor’easter creates challenging conditions on roadways .
Christie says the state’s emergency operation center was activated this morning and that transportation agencies are fully mobilized. He says 3,000 salt trucks “are ready to roll.”
Christie is advising residents to “be smart and be careful, and if you can be off the roads that will be even more helpful.”
JCP+L says they are well staffed for the storm with 4200 employees standing by including 770 line workers, 500 hazard responders, 480 forestry workers and 600 support personnel according to a press release. JCP+L President Don Lynch in a press conference declared, ““We’ve made significant improvements since Sandy. We’re ready for whatever this storm brings” according to the Daily Record.
The storm will also bring gusty winds of at least 40 MPH inland and 55 MPH along the coast where a Coastal Flood Warning has been issued for the possibility for moderate to major coastal flooding. The most significant impact will be at the sunrise high tide on Saturday morning with 5-7′ tides and significant wave action contributing to moderate to major beach erosion.
Brick Township has issued a voluntary evacuation order for areas that are still recovering from Sandy. Residents can park in most township owned parking lots (except the parking lot at the municipal building located at 401 Chambersbridge Road) and any township school parking lot after 4:00 P.M. These lots will be patrolled by police throughout the storm.
How Will The Storm Affect Your Area Of New Jersey Tonight?
A Blizzard Warning is in effect for northeast counties including eastern Bergen, Hudson & Essex counties and all of Hudson County for 8-16 inches of snow to fall with high winds whipping around the snow.
However, for most of north Jersey, a Winter Weather Warning has been issued for 6-12 inches of snow with higher amounts to the north.
Roughly covering the area between Interstates 195 and 78 and including much of northern Ocean, Monmouth, Mercer, Middlesex & Somerset counties, this area is under a Winter Weather Warning for 4-10 inches of snow with higher amounts to the north.
New Jersey’s southern counties including Burlington, Camden, southern Ocean, Atlantic & Cape May counties will get the least amount of snow from the Nor’easter. The area will still get 2-4 inches of snow when the precipitation turns to snow in the evening although it will not have the same intensity.
The Effect On The Roads, Rails & Sky
Amtrak suspended service in New York and New England.
Nearly 3,400 flights have been cancelled according to the flight-tracking website FlightAware. USA Today reports about three-fourths of that number came just from the three New York airports. The cancellations will have an effect on air travel across the country as equipment and flight crews cannot get to their destinations.