NJ Transit, Murphy, counties prepare for first winter storm of 2022

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Just as schools and businesses prepared to begin the first week of 2022, a winter storm threatened to dump between 5 and 10 inches of snow in parts of the south coast of New Jersey.

State offices would start Monday with a 10-hour delayed opening, Gov. Phil Murphy said in a remote storm briefing Sunday night.

There would also be a state of emergency declared specifically for Ocean, Burlington, Atlantic, Cumberland and Cape May counties overnight, as those counties were subject to a winter storm warning Monday from 4 a.m. to 4 p.m. according to the chief of New Jersey 101.5. Meteorologist Dan Zarrow.

Winter storm warnings, advisory for southern half of NJ

The state emergency operations center was activated at midnight, according to state police superintendent Col. Patrick Callahan, who also noted the uncertainty of this storm for the Mercer counties area. , Middlesex and Monmouth.

NJ Transit was at around 97% of the workforce, Ministry of Transport commissioner Diane Gutierrez-Scaccetti said at the same briefing, adding that the transit agency had expressed confidence that the bus service would be maintained during the storm.

One of the biggest challenges facing the state with this storm was “unpredictability,” Board of Public Utilities Chairman Joe Fiordaliso said, echoing Murphy on the recent volatility and sudden intensity of downturns. storms.

In addition to the snow, wind gusts to 30 mph were possible, Zarrow said, threatening power outages and keeping wind chills low throughout Monday.

Scacetti said commuters were advised to be alert to the forecast and to those who could avoid being on the roads in affected areas on Monday, giving road crews time to clear any build-up.

Atlantic County officials said in a written statement on Sunday that the roads would be treated and cleared if necessary, however, “due to some staff shortages due to vacation travel and an increase in cases and exposures. to COVID-19, county public works crews may not be at full power. “

The first priority would be to clear major roads in the county, in Atlantic County, as officials have asked the public to “be patient while resources are deployed.”

As of 7 p.m., school districts in counties with the most messy forecasts faced additional challenges for in-person instruction, beyond the issue of the latest increase in COVID cases due to the omicron variant.

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