As effects from the weekend’s relentless nor’easter lingers on, another blanketing of the area may be on its way. Weather forecasters have called for a mix of snow and rain to begin Tuesday night and run through Wednesday night, with a 70 percent chance of precipitation. “At least it will be a mixture,” said Brick resident Albert Cassan, who credited a neighbor for helping to dig him out of this weekend’s storm. No major roads were closed. Dozens of accidents and spinouts were reported, but no fatalities, State Police said. They warned residents to continue to use caution.
In Monmouth and Ocean Counties, where snow totals were on average around 18 inches, residents like Cassan said they were ready and starting to get back to their routines.
“I’m tired of the snow,” the 80-year-old said. “I’ve never heard of two big snowstorms within one year. This is Massachusetts-like weather.”
But for Middletown resident Jerry Crabbe, the 18 inches of snow he had to clear from his 100-foot-long drive was just part of its appeal.
“It’s nice to look at,” Crabbe said of the snow that blanketed most of the Eastern Seaboard this weekend. “I shoveled my way out halfway yesterday and then finished up today. It’s a lot better today.”
For Crabbe, 76, the only problems he had with the inclement weather were canceled plans and not being able to go to gym at 6 a.m.
“I go to the gym six days a week,” he said. “But I can’t go because they are closed.”
Farther south, where the brunt of the storm caused Atlantic City International Airport to close and power outages by the thousands, Gov. Chris Christie cautioned relatives to check in on their loved ones there.
Normal operations resumed at the airport by 6 a.m. Sunday, without any reported delays, officials said. The storm had little impact at Newark Liberty International Airport and at New York’s La Guardia and JFK airports, which continued normal operations all weekend.
By early Sunday afternoon, Atlantic City Electric officials said power had been restored to almost half of its 90,000 affected customers, who were mostly in Cape May County.
As Christie toured the southern coastal areas Sunday, he told reporters he expects to seek federal funds to help with cleanup costs.
But those funds, which could help state, county and local officials, would come only if the state’s cleanup costs exceed $10.6 million and snow totals were more than 90 percent of the previous record, Christie said.
Howell Mayor Robert Walsh said with 365 miles of roadways within township borders, any aid would be greatly appreciated to help stave off a doubling of costs.
“Big storms like this, where we have to salt twice and plow three or four times, are a tremendous burden on the citizens of Howell Township,” Walsh said. “We just had to sign a purchase order for another $100,000 worth of salt.” APP