I was trapped for hours in this bizarre, unexpected winter 'wonderland'.

I left my house at 1 pm on the Wall/Neptune border near Rt. 33 in the rain, and, ten minutes later, entered Tinton Falls and a snowy mess.

By the time I got to the Brookdale Community College campus in Lincroft, my car was skidding and sliding in inches of snow.

No one was prepared anywhere. Rt. 34 was like a parking lot, there were accidents everywhere, a shortage of plows, shovels, salt, and even scarves, hats, gloves and scrapers.

(Photo by Liz Jeressi)

This was supposed to be a mostly rain event but ended up a nightmare for afternoon/evening commuters.

Yet by the time I got back to the 'borderline' of where the snow ended and the rain began, it was hard to convince those who hadn't been in the snow-portion of the county just how bad it was.

Trees were down, power was lost, Brookdale college ended up closing at 3pm while college students tried to dig out their cars or waited for rides home.

(A tree weighed down by snow fell on this car. Photo by Liz Jeressi)

Fun times. Welcome to winter.