BY BOB HOLT
Does anyone remember a time when it rarely snowed in this area during the winter? A few winters were bad, but during others parts of New Jersey saw about six inches of snow in total.
Admittedly we got conditioned for this last winter. NJ.com reports that according to the state's climatologist, the past month has been the snowiest start to New Jersey's winter in 62 years. Wednesday's storm was the seventh time that at least 2 inches have fallen in parts of the state, climatologist Dave Robinson said.
Robinson additionally estimated that Wednesday's snow put New Jerseyans over the state average for the winter, which stands at a little over 24 inches.
According to the Asbury Park Press, the area is at about 52.5 inches so far this winter, or roughly twice the normal amount of snow for an entire winter based on snowfall counts over the last 30 years. And NorthJersey.com adds this blast was the state's 11th snowfall and the third time that more than six inches accumulated.I never thought I could miss Al Gore and global warming.
Commuters have encountered delays, cancelations and roadblocks since last night. As of 9 a.m., State Police reported dozens of exits and lanes blocked by disabled vehicles along Interstates 295, 676, 280, 78 and 195, said State Police spokesman Lt. Stephen Jones. Jones said he slept last night on his office floor, unable to get home until about 11 p.m.
According to the Courier Post, PSE&G and Atlantic City Electric are reporting thousands of customers have been left without power in the region following the snowfall. Most of the power outages were in Medford, Cherry Hill and Voorhees, according to PSE&G. Repairs are underway but could take longer than usual, the company said.
The National Weather Service reported 15.5 inches of snow in East Rutherford and 12.5 inches in Paramus as of 4 a.m. In Passaic County, Clifton saw 19 inches by the early morning.
Some 1,900 plows and salt spreaders are working on the aftereffects of this storm. Most schools are closed and state government offices will open at noon Thursday. According to the Trentonian, Atlantic and parts of Cape May counties dodged the heaviest accumulations.
Snow accumulation totals in inches according to NJ.com:
Atlantic City 2.9
Mount Holly 11.8
Newark Liberty International Airport 18.9
West Orange 14.2
Cedar Grove 13.2
Jersey City 16
North Brunswick 13.1
South Jersey snowfall totals according to the Courier Post:
Gibbstown - 17.2
National Park - 15.1
Swedesboro - 14
Somerdale - 12.8
Sicklerville - 12
Lindenwold - 11
Maple Shade - 14
Mount Laurel - 13.1
Mount Holly - 12.6
Moorestown - 11.5
For those who need to know, spring begins this year on March 20. I'd like to leave a wake-up call for summer.