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Latest Storm Brings Downed Wires, Power Outages and Speed Restrictions

Ice caused the greatest problems for the southern and central portions of the state, in the form of downed trees and wires and power outages.

Latest Storm Brings Downed Wires, Power Outages and Speed Restrictions
Speed restrictions, downed wires and power outages marked the arrival of the week’s second snowstorm Wednesday morning.

Snow and ice that began to blanket the state Tuesday night was already accumulating, with nearly a foot of snow being recorded in some northern portions of the state, according to the National Weather Service out of Mount Holly.

Ice posed the greatest problem in the central and southern portions of the state, with a quarter of an inch of ice accumulation, according to weather.com.

Local officials previously warned outages may result from a layer of ice forming on top of snow on electrical wires.

In Princeton alone, there were 11 cases of downed wires and 25 downed trees, according to the police department.

More than 10,000 people in Burlington County were without power Wednesday morning. Another 9,000 outages were reported in Middlesex County. Monmouth County reported 4,000 outages and 2,000 Gloucester County residents were without power Wednesday morning.

Speed restrictions were put in place on the New Jersey Turnpike, where flooding was reported in several spots, including Woodbridge, East Brunswick, Linden and Edison. Accidents were reported in New Brunswick and South Brunswick, according to the New Jersey Turnpike Authority’s website.

As of 10:04 a.m., there was a speed restriction of 35 miles an hour in place on the New Jersey Turnpike in both directions from south of Exit 8 in East Windsor to the George Washington Bridge in Fort Lee. On the Garden State Parkway, the speed limit is currently 45 miles an hour from south of Exit 105 in Tinton Falls to the Driscoll Bridge in Sayreville, and 35 miles an hour from the Driscoll Bridge to New York State Line in Montvale, in both directions.

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