The first snowfall of 2022 hit hard at communities along the Jersey Shore, with accumulation totals exceeding one foot in some areas, the National Weather Service said Monday.
But the winter storm largely spared areas closer to Philadelphia and along the I-95 corridor.
Snowfall totals were highest in Cape May County, where Ocean City was buried under 14 inches at 5 p.m., and in Atlantic County, where Egg Harbor City had 13.5 inches at 7:30 p.m., the weather agency said.
Atlantic City International Airport halted operations shortly before 2 p.m., when about 9.5 inches of snow had fallen on its runways. The airport reopened at 9 p.m. Monday, according to its Facebook page.
The hard-hit areas were in a band of heavy snow that extended from eastern Maryland through Atlantic City, the Weather Service said.
But the storm's impact varied widely across the region.
In Cumberland County, snow accumulation reached 10.7 inches in Port Norris at 5 p.m. That compared to five inches in Bridgeton an hour earlier.
In Gloucester County, the storm dropped 6.5 inches of snow on Newfield by 5:20 p.m.
Snowfall totals in Camden County ranged from three inches in Cherry Hill at 1 p.m. to 5.5 inches in Winslow at 1:30 p.m.
Only 2.8 inches of snow were reported in Southampton, Burlington County.
Even before the first flakes fell, Gov. Phil Murphy had declared a state of emergency for Atlantic, Burlington, Cape May, Cumberland and Ocean counties.
"If you can, please stay off the roads and let the crews do their jobs," Murphy said during a press conference on Monday afternoon.
He called Monday's storm "really the most significant snow event (in South Jersey) in almost exactly four years."
New Jersey State Police responded to 160 storm-related accidents and about 245 "motorist aids, which is a lot of spin-outs," said Col. Patrick Callahan, the agency's superintendent.
He said a traffic accident caused a power outage for some 1,800 utility customers in Barnegat, Ocean County, while flooding closed Route 40 in Egg Harbor Township.
The weather service also forecast moderate flooding in coastal areas and minor flooding along the Delaware River during high tides on Monday and Tuesday.
Camden County Commissioner Al Dyer urged people who drive during the story to be prepared for slick roads.
"And remember to always leave at least six car lengths behind our DPW trucks while they work and move any cars off the street and into a driveway while we continue our operations," Dyer said.
Camden County said all branches of its library system closed at 3 p.m. Monday due to the storm.
On Sunday night, Stockton University said its campuses and offices would shut down Monday due to the expected storm.
Multiple school districts also told students to stay home during the storm.
"All students and staff are to enjoy the extra day of our winter break," the Buena Regional district in Atlantic County said Sunday in announcing its shutdown. "Have a good night and be safe if you must go out tomorrow."
Jim Walsh covers public safety, economic development and other beats for the Courier-Post, Burlington County Times and The Daily Journal.
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This article originally appeared on Cherry Hill Courier-Post: More than a foot of snow reported in Atlantic and Cape May counties