Morning snow slickens NJ roads, causes spinouts
TRENTON — New Jersey's first storm of this winter left a coating of snow and ice that closed two major highways.
New Jersey State Police spokesman Alajandro Goez estimated that officers responded to around 200 snow-related incidents between midnight and 8 a.m on Saturday morning on the New Jersey Turnpike, Garden State Parkway and the interstate highways with 87 of those calls coming in the northern part of the state.
Route 195 westbound was closed around 7 a.m. in Hamilton Township on Saturday morning with a crash involving 2 SUV's and a tractor trailer at Exit 3 for Hamilton Square Road according to Goez. There were no injuries and the road was reopened at 8 a.m.
Route 80 eastbound reopened in Rockaway just before 8 a.m. after a jackknifed tractor trailer was removed, according to Goez. Speeds were reduced on the Parkway and Turnpike on Saturday morning as well.
A crash closed the Garden State Parkway near exit 123 in Sayreville around 8:45 a.m. Another jackknifed tractor trailer also spilled fuel onto Route 78 westbound in Summit near Glenside Avenue around 9:45 a.m. Two lanes were blocked for the cleanup.
"Snowy and icy roads? That's what a Winter Weather Advisory is all about," New Jersey 101.5 Meteorologist Dan Zarrow said. "A few inches of snow and light icing won't really affect you if you stay home. But travel through this morning and part of this afternoon will remain quite treacherous."
Spokesman Steve Schapiro said the state Department of Transportation had about 1,000 pieces of equipment on the roads.
"State highways are wet and passable but side roads are snow covered," Schapiro said, adding drivers should slow down, plan extra time for their trip and to increase the distance between their car and the car in front of them. "If drivers can wait until the afternoon to make their trip, conditions should be improve."
The snow did not cause many power outages, according to the JCP&L, PSE&G and Atlantic City Electric outage maps.
Delays were minimal at Newark Liberty International Airport, according to FlightAware.com, and NJ Transit did not report any storm related problems.
The good news is that you don't have to break out the snow plow and shovels.
"The combination of rain and warmer temperatures will probably melt/wash away snow from pavement surfaces by later Saturday," Zarrow said.
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