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TUESDAY

01.27.15
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SET FOR WORST


18 to 24 inches forecast;
drifts up to 6 feet in spots
possible

State of emergency
Governor urges residents
to stay off roads

Storm potential Experts


warn blizzard could be
worst in years
TOM SPADER/STAFF PHOTOGRAPHER

Point Pleasant Beach on Monday, near the Manasquan Inlet.

JASON TOWLEN/STAFF PHOTOGRAPHER

A sign along Route 9 near the Howell-Freehold boundary


warns drivers.

Storm of shoppers
sweeps up supplies
SHANNON MULLEN @MULLENAPP

Monday was mostly about anticipation and preparation. Highways were salted and brined, schools and
shopping malls closed early and anxious commuters
hustled home ahead of the fierce winter storm barreling toward the Jersey Shore. It should be clearer today
whether all the caution was warranted.
Even the most reserved forecasts warned of a lifethreatening and potentially historic blizzard that
could dump up to two feet of snow on parts of the state.
Virtually all of Monmouth and Ocean counties were expected to receive between 18 and 24 inches, the most in
the state, according to a snowfall projection map the National Weather Service issued Monday evening.
Like his counterparts in Pennsylvania and New York,
Gov. Chris Christie declared a state of emergency, emptying state offices of all but essential personnel. As road

TANYA BREEN/STAFF PHOTOGRAPHER

Salt trucks are loaded and ready to go at the Department of


Public Works and Engineering in Freehold.

TANYA BREEN/STAFF PHOTOGRAPHER

Red Bank police officers Beau Broadley and Tom Doremus


place no-parking signs on parking meters along Broad Street.

Other hazards: Coastal


flooding, low visibility

What you need to know


NJ Transit has suspended all service; rail service will
not be restored until Thursday.

TODD B. BATES @TODDBBATESAPP

High winds and downed power lines are a threat.

For your safety, just stay home today.


Blizzard conditions heavy snow, strong winds and
lousy visibility will make travel extremely hazardous
as a high-impact winter storm treks up the East Coast,
forecasters warned.
If you must travel, bring a winter survival kit and
make sure your cellphone is fully charged. If you become stranded during this major storm, stay with your
vehicle, forecasters stressed.
If you get stuck on the Garden State Parkway and
have to be rescued by a snowmobile, thats going to be a
very memorable storm, said David A. Robinson, the
New Jersey state climatologist. If youre at home and
dont lose power, its going to be memorable but not
nearly as devastating.
The snowstorm could become as memorable as the

Flooding and significant beach erosion are expected.


Most schools and government offices are closed.
County emergency management officials are reminding residents to reserve 911 for emergency calls only.
Do not drive unless the roads have been cleared by
snowplows.
Due to the severity of the upcoming blizzard, the
Asbury Park Press is making its website, APP.com, free
through the duration of the storm as a service to our
readers.

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See SUPPLIES, Page A5

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