Reporting Levon Putney
TRENTON, N.J. (AP/CBS New York) – A snow-weary New Jersey woke up Wednesday to up to a foot of fresh snow on the ground, closed schools, delayed office openings and canceled flights.
However, unlike the monstrosity of a winter storm mess just over two weeks earlier, this one wasn’t such a big deal.
“Being that it was overnight, they could catch up to it pretty well. There’s nothing major we’re dealing with at this point,” said State Police Sgt. Julian Castellanos.
New Jersey Turnpike Authority spokesman Joe Orlando said the Turnpike and the Garden State Parkway were both in good shape, in part because travelers heeded warnings and stayed off the roads overnight, giving plows a clearer path.
By Wednesday morning, the Parkway was cleared down to the blacktop. The Turnpike had a 35 mph speed limit as plows finished the left lane and shoulder of the roadway.
Scattered accidents were reported, including a jackknifed tractor-trailer on Route 287 in Edison, and a car that spun out on an exit ramp of Route 80 west in Parsippany.
Totals ranged from just an inch and a half in Atlantic City to just over a foot in Bergen County’s East Rutherford.
For a swath of the state stretching from the Philadelphia suburbs to near New York City, forecasts that called for about 6 to 12 inches of snow were spot-on.
Newark Liberty Airport reported 8 inches of snow, enough to cancel more than 400 flights. Many were scratched in advance. Flights that were departing were leaving the ground only about 15 minutes behind schedule.
State offices delayed openings by two hours — and many local governments also shortened their schedules.
New Jersey Transit reported trains were running on schedule, but bus service had some delays.
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