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Late Winter Storm Whacks South Jersey Shore Hardest

Cape May, NJ (credit: Jo Armstrong)

Cape May, NJ (credit: Jo Armstrong)

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By Mark Abrams

PENNSAUKEN, N.J. (CBS) — South Jersey took the brunt of this late-winter storm.

Road crews had a hard time keeping up because the storm hit so quickly and laid down a blanket of white on highways like Route 42 and Route 55, making it difficult for drivers to even find the lines for the lanes.

In places like West Deptford and Franklinville, NJ, the accumulation was anywhere from four to five inches. Further south, the totals were even higher, with the National Weather Service getting a report of about ten inches in Wildwood Crest.

Winter is taking its toll on everyone I spoke with this morning.  Sam Cook, of Camden, works across the river at the shipyard in Philadelphia.  He said because he works outdoors, it’s always a struggle.

“You just got to bundle up and hang in there,” he said today.

Cherry Hill fire inspector Jim Bird says the storm hit fast and the crews had a bit of a tussle with it.

“Major roads, Crescent Road and things of that nature, county roads — it took a little time to get them cleaned up, but otherwise everything was pretty good,” he told KYW Newsradio.

And he was probably echoing the sentiments of a lot of Delaware Valley residents when he added:

“Hopefully it’s the last of the snowstorms for the season. We need springtime, quick!”