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Drivers Urged To Slow Down As NJ Digs Out From Heavy Snow

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TRENTON, N.J. (CBSNewYork/AP) – New Jersey neighborhoods are humming with the sound of snow blowers and the scrape of snow shovels one day after a major storm left powdery snow across the state.

Most of the snow fell in Monmouth, Mercer and Middlesex counties.

Manalapan is reporting nearly 16 inches, East Windsor saw 12 inches and Piscataway received 10 inches.

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There was so much snow in Manalapan, even snow blowers struggled to do their jobs.

“The snow blower really has a problem doing 16 inches, so I really have to go slow,” homeowner Steve Rettig told CBS 2′s Sonia Moghe.

Another resident decided to come out and measure the snow for himself.

“It got alarming,” Steve Boguchwal said. “Every time I turned on the news, they kept adding inches to Manalapan.”

Other areas also got hit hard, like Hasbrouck Heights, where more than a foot of snow fell.

“The snow we can move, but the cold just gets through your fingers,” said resident Mary Ann Serra. “It’s bad.”

Tuesday’s storm has been followed by bitter cold temperatures and below freezing wind chills so the snow won’t melt quickly.

Motorists are advised to slow down and pedestrians are urged to use caution because roads and sidewalks are icy.

“Slippery, very slippery,” driver Yolanda Denson told CBS 2′s Kathryn Brown.

Drivers in New Jersey used some inventive ways to keep their cars warm in the snow.

As WCBS 880′s Levon Putney reported, plenty of drivers pulled over at the Vince Lombardi rest stop to try to thaw out their windshield wiper fluid jets.

“They froze and they got to warm up, just got to warm up some,” one man said.

“First thing I did was I pulled over on the Turnpike, I dumped my coffee because I couldn’t see no more,” said another driver.

Plows and front end loaders worked through the night to remove the snow, which greatly hampered the Tuesday evening commute.

“What usually takes me 50 minutes to get home took me over three hours,” one driver told WCBS 880′s Sean Adams.

Many schools are closed and state government offices also are closed Wednesday.

NJ TRANSIT trains are operating on an enhanced weekend schedule. Buses and trains are cross-honoring tickets.

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