2020 New Jersey slammed with heavy snow; State of emergency in effect

2020 New Jersey slammed with heavy snow; State of emergency in effect

New Jersey is in a state of emergency in response to Wednesday's winter storm. Snow began falling around 1p.m. in South Jersey and quickly began coating major roads and neighborhoods.

"We urge you to please take it slow and use common sense and caution," said Governor Phil Murphy. "We ask specifically that you stay clear of any plowing or spreading operations. Do not try to pass them.

Some New Jersey transit bus and rail service will be suspended this morning due to inclement weather.
The agency says the rail service will be temporarily suspended. The suspension is also effective for Central and Northern New Jersey bus service, including routes serving the Trenton area and the Port Authority Bus Terminal in New York City.

The state has deployed about 4,000 plows and spreaders to treat the roads during the storm, but major roads such as Route 30 in Lawnside still have thick ice deposits. For a gas station employee along the route, a major challenge was clearing the space.

Sameer Wheatley, who works at Wawa, said, "We're getting out of here. It was all just covered in snow. People were coming in, their carts were covered in snow."

It's the first significant snowfall in about two years in South Jersey and people are torn on the winter weather."It kind of brings back the normal times, the normalcy of things in a sense. It kind of takes our minds away from the crazy pandemic that's going on," said Charles Giddings of Pennsauken.

"I do not like the snow. I was so glad it didn't snow last year and now it's sticking to the ground," said Nyla Boswell of Camden.

"It's nice to be in the holidays it's nice to be safe, it's nice to get out a little bit," said Tony Scurry of Somerdale.

Down the shore, there is a coastal flood warning. State officials are also concerned about the potential for high winds that may lead to down trees or wires. Crews are on standby here in Camden County and are asking people to report an outage.

Although there are commercial vehicle restrictions in effect, Governor Murphy says they do not affect trucks carrying the COVID-19 vaccine in the state.NJ Transit says rail service will be temporarily suspended at 7:30 p.m. All central and northern bus service will be temporarily suspended, including the Trenton area and the Port Authority, starting at 6pm. There will be no PBT terminal departure after 6 pm.

Hudson-Bergen Light Rail and Newark Light Rail service remains suspended, as do all Access Link service -- except for Region 3 in South Jersey.
The agency says customers should expect that those services will remain suspended through the early morning hours.

South Jersey busing will operate on a weekday schedule as long as conditions allow. HBLR & NLR service will be suspended starting 8 p.m. River LINE will continue to operate on weekday service.