By Matt Dowling | NJ Advance Media for NJ.com | Posted on 05th December 2018 at 07:20 | Updated on December 05, 2018 at 07:55
The National Weather Service has issued a winter weather advisory to parts of three circles in New Jersey for a storm on Wednesday that could drop 1 to 3 inches of snow in areas along the Jersey Shore, providing for unmanageable evening traffic for the south Half of the state.
The Winter Weather Advisory covers Ocean County and parts of the counties of Atlantic and Burlington, where snow is expected to begin at 10am, although some riots are already occurring in some areas. The advisory runs until 6 pm. A winter weather recommendation is issued when it is expected that the roads are covered with snow and visibility may be limited.
"Dangerous conditions could impact on evening commuter traffic," the National Weather Service said in its Wednesday morning briefing. "It is expected that the affected area is a tight band, so that influences and amounts of snow over short distances can vary greatly."
Much of the southern half of the state, including the Philadelphia area and Corridor I-95, the National Weather Service believes at least snow cover could occur, and the timing could provide harsh driving conditions.
A special weather statement has been issued for these areas. Predictors say the localized snowfall levels could vary widely within the expected accumulations.
The State Department of Transportation said on Tuesday night that crews intended to treat roads with brine before the snowfall. Governor Phil Murphy's administration had garnered significant criticism of how to deal with a snowstorm last month during the evening pendulum that paralyzed parts of the state, stranded drivers on highways, and forced some students to stay in schools overnight. Several sources told NJ Advance Media that the state had been waiting until conditions deteriorated to use contractors to clear roads.