Friday’s snow slow to start
TRENTON — New Jersey's late winter storm was slow to get started on Friday with minimal impact on the early commute.
"The snow is behind schedule but it's still coming," New Jersey 101.5 Chief Meteorologist Dan Zarrow said. "The heaviest snow will occur between about 6am and noon. Again, I've said it all week - it's not (necessarily) about the accumulations, the issue will be poor travel conditions."
Many North Jersey school districts made the decision to delay the start of classes even before a single flake to allow students and staff extra time to get to class once the conditions deteriorate. However, some districts updated their status to canceled.
Temperatures that reached the 60s in many areas on Thursday will keep snow off many paved surfaces at the start of the storm.
"Temperatures will be above-freezing throughout this morning, road salt and brine will also be very effective in keeping roads clear," Zarrow said.
The highways will not be completely immune from snow cover, however. "With the big temperature drop throughout the storm it could make for quick buildups of slick spots especially on overpasses and bridge surfaces which tend to ice up first," New Jersey Fast Traffic's Bob Williams said.
The New Jersey Department of Transportation said they're not expecting this to be a major snow event, however, because the storm is now intensifying during the morning rush. "It makes it a little bit more difficult for NJ DOT trucks to be out there and do their job safely, we’re just advising motorists to maintain a safe distance," spokesman Dan Triana said.
The speed limit on the New Jersey Turnpike was dropped to 45 mph from exit 14 in Newark to the Geroge Washington Bridge and on the Garden State Parkway from Saddle Brook to the New York State line. A vehicle overturned in Union Township on Route 78 near Pattenburg Road that created a multi-mile delay.Another one flipped on the Garden State Parkway in Union near Chestnut Street.
Traian said if motorists come upon salters "we’re just advising them to give themselves ample time to be driving slower and safer, staying back from our vehicles that are on the road."
NJ Transit is cross honoring system wide and with private bus carriers on Friday to give commuters more options on Friday morning.
Power outages are minimal on Friday morning as are delays on flights in-and-out of Newark Liberty, JFK and LaGuardia Airports.
Contact reporter Dan Alexander at Dan.Alexander@townsquaremedia.com.
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