Nor’easter brings snow, wind, and rain to NJ
TRENTON — New Jersey's late winter nor'easter had a varied impact on Friday.
Conditions ranged from big flakes of snow for North and Central Jersey to rain in South Jersey and along the coast on Friday morning.
Meteorologist Dan Zarrow is still looking at two scenarios for the storm, one which would bring minor to moderate coastal flooding, 40+ mph winds, lots of rain, and just a few inches of snow accumulation among the highest hilltops in northwest New Jersey. Still a nasty, highly impactful storm that could be easily conquered with patience and caution.
Or, another scenario that would cause major coastal flooding and blizzard-like conditions to the roads, with 60+ mph winds.
Zarrow said the wintry mix moved in earlier than he expected.
"The question is whether it sticks and accumulates," Zarrow said.
The morning's high tide flooded out a lane on Route 35 in Brick and Belmar. A lane on Route 40 in Atlantic City was also covered. Route 22 westbound in Union Township was closed at the Garden State Parkway for water that collected under the highway.
In anticipation of potentially messy weather, many school districts canceled classes in North Jersey.
As the winds begin to pick up, the number of outages have increased. As of 10:45 a.m., around 10,000 customers were without power, according to their respective online outage maps.
- JCP&L: 6,343, mostly in Sussex County
- PSE&G: 578
- Atlantic City Electric: 3,033 customers, mostly in Camden County.
The utilities all said they have extra crew ready to respond to outages safely and quickly.
At Newark Liberty International Airport, 325 arriving or departing flights were canceled as of 10 a.m. Friday.
NJ Transit ran a regular schedule on Friday, with cross-honoring in effect between rails, light rail, buses, and private bus carriers.