TRENTON, N.J. (CBSNewYork/AP) — The snow that fell across southern New Jersey Monday could be enough to make this unrelenting winter the 8th snowiest in the last 120 years.
State climatologist David Robinson says it’s also the 34th coldest in that stretch.
But the period from December through February was the coldest in 11 years and Robinson says temperatures are likely to be colder than average through the first half of March at least.
Monday’s storm covered the southern half of the state. By mid-morning, the biggest reported snowfall was 5.5 inches in Pitman.
A winter storm warning is in effect until 4 p.m. for Atlantic, Cape May, Salem and Cumberland counties. Forecasters say up to 8 inches are possible there.
The snow should finally end in most areas by early Monday afternoon, though southern areas could continue to see snow until around dusk.
“When it hasn’t been snowing, the cold has been brutal,” Patrick Sanford said as he bought coffee at a Jackson Township convenience store. “Our winters usually are not that bad, but every now and then you get one like this.”
Gov. Chris Christie declared a state of emergency and closed state offices Monday for all non-essential employees.