The predicted blizzard was a direct hit for Atlantic County, resulting in a travel ban.
But that didn’t stop people from hitting the roads.
The New Jersey State Police responded to 254 crashes and aided 554 motorists since midnight.
Gov. Chris Christie declared a state of emergency for Atlantic, Cape May, Ocean and Monmouth counties Thursday morning.
Then a travel ban for all of Atlantic County was issued at 11 a.m.
Police warned what could happen if they get stuck.
“If you are traveling for a non-emergent purpose and you become stuck in the roadway, we will have no choice but to tow your vehicle,” Galloway Township police posted on their Facebook page. “Disabled vehicles make it difficult for our plows to clear the roadway and creates risks for our emergency personnel responding to calls for service. The police department will also not push vehicles out of the roadway as it creates a safety hazard for you as well as our officers.”
Gusts were in excess of 50 mph, said Nor’easter Nick Pittman of SNJToday.
He said Atlantic City had about 9 or 10 inches of snow, but it was difficult to get an accurate measurement due to the texture and drifts. Cape May County was reporting about 14 to 15 inches.
The snow was expected to continue into the late afternoon with overnight wind chill expected to have it feeling like 10 below, Pittman said.