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Wintry mix of snow, sleet and ice coats New Jersey; Residents now bracing for another storm


TRENTON, New Jersey — A wintry mix of snow, sleet and ice coated New Jersey and created some treacherous travel conditions on Saturday, and residents were bracing for another storm that could drop more snow on the state.

Most residents saw snow when the precipitation started late Friday night, but it had changed over to freezing rain or rain in most areas by early Saturday morning. The precipitation then continued, mostly as rain, into late Saturday afternoon.

Northern Jersey got the brunt of the storm, with 5 to 9 inches of snow reported in many areas. Authorities also said a snowplow operator escaped serious injury when the top deck of a parking garage he was plowing collapsed in Secaucus.

Some parts of central Jersey saw as much as 3 to 5 inches of snow. But southern Jersey was mostly spared from the storm, with anywhere from a trace to 2 inches of snow reported in that region.

The weather caused numerous minor accidents and spinouts, and speed limits were reduced on many major roadways. Residents were being urged to delay or avoid travel if possible, though conditions improved in most areas as the day progressed.

"It's not really bad out there, as long as you don't drive like a maniac," Vernon Forrest said while getting some coffee and a sandwich at a convenience store in Toms River. "The road crews did an excellent job and we got more rain and sleet here than snow, so it's mostly just wet roads. So just keep an eye out for slippery, slushy spots and speeding knuckleheads," the 61-year-old Manchester man said with a laugh.

Forecasters say more snow is expected Sunday night into Monday, when a clipper system could bring another 1 to 3 inches of light snow to the state. Southern and coastal areas will likely see the brunt of that storm, but the morning commute could be a sloppy one across the state.

The storm is also expected to usher in much colder air, with high temperatures only reaching into the mid-20s for most of the week. But no more snow is expected during that period.

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