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Snow No Problem In Shore Towns

Freezing temperatures could create icy conditions overnight

The Shore area woke to an inch or so of heavy wet snow on Saturday, the first accumulation of 2012, but it was expected to be short-lived, as rain began to wash it away early Saturday afternoon.

While other areas of the state were dealing with a multitude of accidents and fender benders, area police reported there were no significant incidents reported on local roads. 

A tractor-trailer jacknifed on the southbound Garden State Parkway near exit 88 about 4 a.m. on Saturday, an accident attributed to the snowy, slick conditions at that hour, but most of the highway problems reported were north and west of the immediate Shore area.

With predictions of temperatures that are expected to drop well below freezing on Saturday evening, however, police are reminding drivers everywhere to exercise caution.

The National Weather Service in Mount Holly reported that about an inch of snow fell in Monmouth and Ocean counties, with amounts greater farther from the coast. By 9:30 a.m. much of the snow had turned to rain that was washing whatever snow remained off the roads, leaving wet conditions.

Those wet roads could turn icy as the day progresses, however. Lee Robertson, a meteorologist in the NWS’s Mount Holly office, said temperatures, which had been above freezing in the morning, are expected to fall into the mid- to low 20s overnight. They were hovering around freezing in the early afternoon.

Toms River Police Chief Michael Mastronardy said there were no weather-related incidents reported to his department. But the dropping temperatures are a concern.

“Whenever people drive they should be alert and use caution,” he said. “With possible icy conditions they need to be extra careful.”

Brick Township police were reporting an accident under investigation around 1 p.m., but no further details were immediately available. That was the only incident that was weather-related, they said.

Temperatures are expected to warm back into the upper 30s and 40s on Sunday, Robertson said, so meteorologists don’t expect there will be issues of significance then.

. January 22, 2012 at 02:25 AM
The rain didn't wash away the snow by my house. Roads are icy now.
LA RUE January 22, 2012 at 02:26 PM
Today is Sunday , Jan 22nd, We have 58 days to spring! Yea! Let's focus on that!
GT January 22, 2012 at 02:49 PM
It happens yr after yr. But I''ve been lucky I guess. Or maybe it's because each time it snows I clear off the cars, warm them up and take a test run. I speed up then apply my breaks hard to see how it will react. I check my breaking and figure what stopping distance I need. I'll even get to a parking lot and get the wheels spinning and get it sideways and see what it take to correct, to know the charachteristics of my vehicle and how it handels. Then when I get on the road I have a good idea of what to expect. Maybe we should all take a little test run when the snow and ice come down. More importantly every time these test runs prove the roads are bad and It's time to slow down.
. January 22, 2012 at 08:32 PM
Is there a point to this long story? Just simply be careful when you leave your house. No need to drive like an idiot just to see how your car will react. You should know your car already unless it is brand new on the day of the storm. I think we all need to steer clear of you just in case you are on one of your test runs....and the word is "handles"!
Brickresident January 23, 2012 at 04:09 PM
im trying to figure out why they were plowing when roads had no snow on them.
LA RUE January 23, 2012 at 05:27 PM
There was all different amounts of snow in different areas. Some dustings ...some 1-2 inches. All were melting at different times according to there locations.The forcast for that evening was freezing. If they didn't pick-up the remains...and it became slippery that night...and there were accidents....some people would be all over that! If they didn't because they thought it wasn't enough to plow....and there were accidents.....we would never hear the end of that! Damned if you do.....damned if you don't. Thanks T.R. public works for making the right decision to plow.Safety first!
Brickresident January 24, 2012 at 01:03 PM
ha, nothing a little salt or sand couldnt take care of. Instead we drag plows on the roads making them even worse. Most of the snow if not all of it was gone off the road from rain by noon. Overkill is what i call it. wasting money. I didnt see the parkway plowing black top.
Sean Conneamhe January 25, 2012 at 01:56 AM
"The big storm is on February 12."
Barry Fleckmann January 27, 2012 at 04:25 PM
Na,na, na, naah, na, na. i'm spending the winter in St. Petersburg, Florida, where it was 80 degrees, yesterday. Living well IS the best revenge!

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