AROUND NJ

A Wintry Mess Makes Traveling Difficult in Some Areas

By David Cruz

New Jersey got its first winter blast as snow swept across the northern and western parts of the state, leaving anywhere from 2 to 6 inches, depending on your location.

The National Weather Service issued a winter weather advisory for most of the Garden State as a mix of snow, sleet, freezing rain and then, just plain rain made driving and walking around a messy endeavor. Some fans attending the New Jersey Devils game at the Prudential Center in Newark said their commute from other parts of the state was slow.

“It took us maybe an hour longer than it normally would, and we saw a bunch of accidents along the Parkway as we headed up,” said one man from Manalapan. “Luckily, they were just fender benders, but I was surprised that the roads weren’t more clear.”

Newark Sanitation Department salt trucks and plows made their way in and out of the Frelinghuysen Avenue “snow room.” Officials there said over 30 trucks were deployed to keep the city’s main arteries free and clear. The results were mixed around midday, as Broad Street showed black top but other side streets remained unplowed.

“It’s been busy, but this was nothing,” said one driver. “This is like practice for when we get some real snow.”

The snow had turned to mostly rain by mid-afternoon, leaving a sloppy mess around most of the state, which could turn to ice in many areas overnight. You can expect the snow to be gone from most areas by Monday when the National Weather Service predicts temperatures will be back in the low 50’s.