N.J. Expected To Get Hit By Yet Another Storm


snowFrom a Star-Ledger report: As the second major snowstorm in a week pounded New Jersey, paralyzing travel and putting shovel-weary backs to the test, forecasters already were looking ahead to the possibility of another winter blast early next week.National Weather Service meteorologist Lee Robertson said computer models project a new storm could strike late Monday or Tuesday, though it was too soon to say how much snow it will bring to a region where digging out has swiftly become an unwelcome routine.

“It doesn’t look like it will be as strong as this one, but it does show there could be more snow for the area,” Robertson said. “We’ll know more as the days go by.”

After yesterday’s blow, New Jerseyans could use a respite.

The storm, a sprawling nor’easter that stretched from Maryland into New England, dropped more than a foot of snow on much of New Jersey, with some parts reporting more than 17 inches.

Lesser amounts fell in the state’s typically hard-hit northwest corner and in Atlantic, Cape May and Cumberland counties in the south, still reeling from 2 feet of snow last weekend.

In place of the heavier snow came more powerful winds, which whipped the powder into an airborne froth that blinded motorists and downed trees and power lines by the hundreds. Atlantic City Electric, which had been laboring to restore power to thousands of home still in the dark after last weekend’s storm, reported some 20,000 new outages last night.

The utility’s president, Vince Maione, appealed for patience, saying crews were braving near-blizzard contitions to repair miles of wire and to replace fallen utility poles.

“This was a historic storm that left a broad swath of destruction in its wake, and we’re working hard to fix the damage,” Maione said. “In some cases, we’re essentially rebuilding portions of the system.”

Public Service Electric & Gas reported it had about 4,300 customers without power last night. Some 20,000 customers of Jersey Central Power & Light also were cut off from the grid, mainly in Ocean, Monmouth, Middlesex and Burlington counties.

Coming in two distinct waves separated by a few hours, the storm toppled seasonal snowfall records in Baltimore, Washington, D.C., Philadelphia and Atlantic City, where nearly 6 inches had fallen by evening. The seaside resort hadn’t seen so much powder since the winter of 1966-67, when 46.9 inches fell, National Weather Service meteorologist Valerie Meola said.

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