Snowfall totals

Dec 27, 2010

Parts of New Jersey hit hard by blizzard

Many New Jersey residents were experiencing a sense of déjà vu from last winter after the first storm of winter 2010 left more than 20 inches on some areas.

A dumping of up to 20 inches had been forecast for Philadelphia, where the Eagles-Vikings NFL game was postponed because of the snow, but by early evening meteorologists said the city would end up getting no more than a foot.

According to the Daily Record, Senate President Steve Sweeney, the state's acting governor while Gov. Chris Christie and Lt. Gov. Kim Guadagno are out of state, declared a state of emergency Sunday afternoon. State offices were closed Monday after originally having a two-hour delayed opening.

Communities in Central Jersey picked up the most snow by just after midnight today. The highest wind gust was recorded at Sandy Hook, at 52 mph at 2 a.m. today.

Updated snowfall totals according to

* Middletown in Monmouth County 21 inches
* Sayreville in Middlesex County 21
* Metuchen in Middlesex County 19.1
* Butler in Morris County 20
* Franklin in Somerset County 22.5
* Hopatcong in Sussex County 7.2
* Atlantic City in Atlantic County 17.4
* Clinton Township in Hunterdon County 5.7
* Vineland in Cumberland County 10.1
* Mount Holly in Burlington County 12.4

The Press of Atlantic City reported the storm dumped more than 19 inches of snow at Atlantic City International Airport, making this storm bigger than any of last year's blizzards — and the second-biggest snowfall total ever recorded, according to the National Climatic Data Center.

The blizzard had dropped 18 inches of snow on Cape May by midnight. Other snowfall amounts measured Monday:

* Pleasantville 19.0 inches
* Somers Point 16.3
* Dennisville 26.5
* North Cape May 21.0
* Vineland 10.1
* Forked River 21.0.

South Jerseyans are finding cancellations, delays and parking restrictions in the wake of the storm, which dropped an estimated 6 to 12 inches of snow locally, according to the Courier Post.

In Cherry Hill, residents were urged to stay off local roads "unless it is absolutely necessary, and Gloucester Township Mayor David Mayer said residents should avoid travel while plows are clearing roadways.

As of 8 PM on Sunday, snowfall totals were:

* Atlantic City 15.7 inches
* Cape May 18
* Lindenwold 5.1
* Mount Laurel 6.8
* Glassboro 4.7

The snow may begin to disappear quickly. According to the National Weather Service, temperatures are expected to reach the upper 40s by the weekend.



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