New Jersey awakens to winter storm

TRENTON, N.J. – New Jersey woke up Friday to its most severe weather this winter.

Snow started falling across the region before daybreak. By 7:30 a.m., many areas in the northern part of the state had 2 to 3 inches. Farther south, the totals were under 2 inches, according to the National Weather Service. In this mild winter, that qualifies as the biggest snow of the season in many areas.

The steady snowfall was causing havoc on roads and highways for the morning commute. The ride home was not expected to be any better, especially from Burlington County northward.

Airports are experiencing delays of several hours.

The speed limit along the Turnpike is reduced to 35 mph, and Turnpike spokesman Joe Orlando urged commuters to stay home Friday if they can.

He says countless accidents already have been reported, mostly single-car spinouts from drivers going too fast.

No serious injuries have been reported.

Dean Iovino, a National Weather Service meteorologist, said a bit more snow would fall, but that it gradually would change to sleet and rain.

By 7:30 a.m., he said the change had begun in Cape May County. By late afternoon, he said, southern New Jersey would have only rain, but areas to the north were expected to be slow-going for the evening commute.

“It’s going to get even more messy as we progress,” he said.

More than 2,000 salt and sand trucks are out in force across the state this morning.

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