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Stormy Morning Commute Expected With Up to 5 Inches of Snow

As residents cope with another bout of winter weather, 40,000 tons of rock salt sit at a Maine port unable to be delivered to NJ.

Patch file photo
Patch file photo
Winter-battered central and southern New Jersey residents will endure another treacherous ride Tuesday morning.

A winter weather advisory has been issued until 4 p.m. Tuesday with 3 to 5 inches of snow possible with the heaviest precipitation expected during the morning commute, according to the National Weather Service.

The winter storms and the high mounds of snow left in their wake have frustrated many New Jersey residents and have depleted road treatment supplies throughout the state.

The 1920 Maritime Act, which requires domestic shipments to fly an American flag, has held up a 40,000-ton shipment of rock salt in Maine from being delivered to New Jersey, according to NorthJersey.com.

It could take up to a month for a U.S. vessel to transport the salt if a waiver isn't granted, according to the article.

That won't help road crews for the latest storm, which is expected to begin at daybreak and become moderate to heavy at times during the morning hours before changing to rain Tuesday afternoon, the NWS said.

The heavy, wet snow will reduce visibilities to one-quarter to one-half mile at times and could cause more roof collapses, the NWS reported.

"Although the plow trucks have pushed the snow off the roadways for each of the storms, creating safer roads to drive on, snow piles have been understandably collecting," Morris County Administrator John Bonanni said.

"This snow can make it difficult to see cross traffic, particularly at intersections. We encourage those on the roadway to use extra diligence and be cautious. With the AM rush hour expected to be impacted, please try to leave extra travel times and be careful."

Gov. Chris Christie called for a delayed opening of 11 a.m. Tuesday for all government offices and non-essential employees.

"I strongly encourage all New Jerseyans to drive slowly and exercise caution on the roads tonight and tomorrow morning," Christie said in a statement released Monday night. "I thank our state’s transportation crews and first responders for their tireless efforts to keep our residents safe."
Danielle McSweeney February 17, 2014 at 11:29 PM
We have plenty of sand and dirt that can be used instead of rock salt and is much better for cars. This state is buffered by the OCEAN..HELLO!!!!! Use the sand
. February 17, 2014 at 11:38 PM
According to all other reports the shore area is only supposed to see no more than 2 inches.
Berkeley Lifer February 18, 2014 at 12:00 AM
Sand alone is useless.Salt brine delays the formation of frost and ice on pavement, making snow removal easier. It also allows public works crews to use less rock salt during a typical winter, minimizing cost as well as the amount of salt entering storm drains, brooks, streams, and eventually reservoirs.
Caregiver Gloria February 18, 2014 at 08:09 AM
Hey drivers out there, my son has to cross major roads to get to his job by busing and walking. Please watch your speed especially in this weather where its hard to see anyway with the snow. A mother would appreciate your concern very much.
Anonymous February 18, 2014 at 08:56 AM
Yet another example of anti-American sentiments hurting the public in general. The law may be old, and the enforcement picky, but the defiant attitude not to fly an American flag on a domestic ship just mirrors the anti-American attitudes of the current administration. It's a real shame that these people have no pride in their country, and it will drive us downward in the long run!
Lucretia B February 18, 2014 at 09:05 AM
I hear ya, Governor. We'll all drive safely on the roads until we come home and cant get into our driveway because of the mounds of snow.
Joe R February 18, 2014 at 09:21 AM
@ anonymous: How the heck do you make this an issue of anti-Americanism. That boat is not flying the US flag because it's not an American boat. Is Walmart an example of anti-Americanism because of all the commie Chinese goods that it has in its stores? Or is it anti-American to bash and criticize an American president? Such as Obama. I think not. But thanks for your silly nonsense.
Dame Bridgid February 18, 2014 at 09:24 AM
More snow... Back to the shovel again. Well, at least I can tell my doctor I am getting my exercise...<Sigh>. Seems that infernal rodent punksatony Phil is having a real belly laugh at us this year. I am seriously counting down to April 16th....That is the average last frost date in our area! Hang in there everyone! Drive slow & arrive safe!!!
J T February 18, 2014 at 09:29 AM
Non essential government workers...now there is a redundancy for you
Mel Sharples February 18, 2014 at 10:07 AM
I'm pleased that we require the flag on those ships. Between the Kasier's U-boat force and the Barbary Pirates, who knows what could be coming into our ports without these protections.
John February 18, 2014 at 10:13 AM
Dame Brigid: The proper spelling is P-U-N-X-S-U-T-A-W-N-E-Y!
DivineMomentsOfTruth February 18, 2014 at 12:44 PM
King 0bama has a 'pen and a phone'.. What's he waiting for?
Joe R February 18, 2014 at 12:50 PM
What about Christie, he's got a phone and a loud mouth?
DivineMomentsOfTruth February 18, 2014 at 01:33 PM
Hey Joe.. Christie can't do a thing about a FEDERAL security issues.. Why should 0bama pretend he wants to help? He had his photo op's during Sandy.. He doesn't need Christie anymore.
Joe R February 18, 2014 at 02:12 PM
Oh, boo, hoo, poor helpless Chris Christie, he's just a poor governor with absolutely no power, no bully pulpit, no voice, no connections, no available microphone, he's a mere pawn. So NJ has no part in federal security issues? Who knew? A boatload of rock salt is a big security issue, really?
Clark Guy 2 February 18, 2014 at 03:24 PM
You go Joe R. I think you should run for mayor of Clark. boss Hog is an idiot and all he knows how to do is smoke a cigar. He's a big piece of Sh*t!
Wwe Tensai February 18, 2014 at 03:49 PM
Its going to be in the 40's all week, going up to 50 on Saturday. Can't they stick it on some trucks or a freight train?

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