Snow Falls, But Power Mostly Stays On in Brick
Few outages reported, public works crews out
Snow began falling Friday night in Brick and continued into the early morning hours Saturday.
By 9 a.m. Saturday morning, forecasters say as much as 4 inches could fall. Early Saturday morning, there were about 2.5 inches on the ground.
Unlike a freak snowstorm in November following Superstorm Sandy that knocked power out to a significant percentage of the township, Jersey Central Power & Light was reported just 10 customers as having lost power in this latest storm.
Mayor Stephen C. Acropolis said crews salting and placing brine solution on roadways were out as the snow began falling. Plows would only begin working if 4 inches of snow fell, the minimum required in order for plowing to be effective.
On the barrier island, there were no reported breaches of the Atlantic Ocean in Brick or Mantoloking. There was one small breach confirmed in Toms River's Ortley Beach section, though it was being considered minor, causing a detour that spanned a few blocks on Route 35's northbound lanes.
The Mantoloking Fire Department said Friday night that the waves were "lapping at the dunes," though nothing had broken through.
A breach in Mantoloking during Sandy is thought to have caused flooding in both the barrier island and mainland neighborhoods in Brick.
There is still the threat of flooding as the nor'easter moves north.
High tide at the Mantoloking Bridge will occur at 11:11 a.m. and 11:38 p.m. Saturday.
On the oceanfront, high tide will occur at 6:13 a.m. and 6:40 p.m. Saturday.