NJ Dealing With Whiter Winter [AUDIO]
New Jersey has been dealing with a more active winter than usual. In fact, snowfall so far has already topped the state's average for an entire winter.
Including the most recent snow event on Sunday, New Jersey has seen an average of approximately 34 inches of snow this winter, according to New Jersey State Climatologist Dave Robinson at Rutgers University. The average includes readings that range from as low as 16 inches in Cape May County to nearly 50 inches in central and west-central parts of the state.
"That 34 inches already exceeds what we would, on average, get for the state in an entire winter by about 10 inches," Robinson said. "So we're just adding to the surplus every time it snows now."
Another addition is expected later this week.
Atlantic City has had nearly two feet of snow, which more than doubles the city's average for this time of year and already beats the winter's total average by more than seven inches, according to the National Weather Service. Residents of Newark have received 13.5 inches of snow in the month of February alone; the normal for February in Newark is 9.3 inches.
Still, this winter's tallies remain below the snowfall totals of 2009-10 and 2010-11.
"Right now, we're only the third-snowiest winter in the last five years, although we certainly have some time to go," Robinson said. "We've still got the chances of snow up until early, and in the northwest part of the state, mid-April."
Robinson noted the central portion of the state has been hit the hardest so far this winter, with Monmouth County being "the sweet spot" for a number of snow events.