Northern New Jersey is still digging out after a powerful winter storm brought high winds and heavy snow to the area on Tuesday. The plunging overnight temperatures threatened to turn the snow, sleet and also sloppy mix into a slippery mess, raising fears of black ice for the morning motorists and slick sidewalks for pedestrians, the CBS2’s Meg Baker reported.
It is sleet and freezing rain so it is just making things much worse, said Hank Klausman, of the Rockaway Township.
The storm dropped double-digit snow amounts across the northern Jersey, and plow crews are working hard to clear the streets and highways. But overall, the storm was not as bad as originally forecast. Gov. Chris Christie said that he wanted the state to be prepared for the worst.
In Rockaway in the Morris County, some were braving the bone-chilling temperatures at Hibernia Diner in short sleeves.
Frank, a resident, said that, it is actually, the roads are really bad. We have got a four-wheel vehicle and it is tough out there.
Storm kept the New Jersey State Police busy, responding to the hundreds of stuck cars and accidents.
Earlier this morning, the parts of Route I-80 were especially treacherous. Though the roads are mostly clear, travelers are advised to take caution when navigating narrow roads caused by the snow plows.