First Blast of Winter Causing Slick Road Conditions

Snow, sleet and rain will blanket the area before moving on tomorrow.

It might not be winter on the calendar yet, but the first significant weather event of the season has moved into our area and thus far it is causing a series of fender benders throughout Morris County. 

Reports of accidents in Roxbury, Randolph and Morristown have been trickling in throughout the night and according Jeff Paul of the Morris County Office of Emergency Management, the change over from snow to sleet will make conditions worse. 

"The snow is expected to continue into the evening hours before changing to sleet later this evening and to rain by 5 or 6 a.m.," Paul said. "Two to four inches of snow accumulation is forecasted before the changeover."

Paul said Morris County Office of Emergency Management will be monitoring the weather throughout the evening and into the overnight. 

"We already have our road crews out and we will remain activated throughout the weather event," Paul said. 

Paul said the area forecast could include freezing rain falling between 2 a.m. and 4 a.m. but much of that depends on the elevation.  

"An additional inch of slush will also be possible overnight as well due to sleet," Paul said. 

Tell us: Were you out in the storm tonight? What roads were you able to traverse?

Mary E Rowlands December 08, 2013 at 09:03 PM
About 15 or so years ago I was on my way to work just outside Princeton. It is all back roads which is mostly lovely but not easy on a bad weather day. One of the bridges I had to cross was banked coming and going. It was a pouring rain storm on what had been frozen ground. When I hit the bridge I swear I was as close to floating as is possible! Three foot ice floes were banging against my car. I went into the brain freeze where all is in God's hands...physics be damned. I did make it quite alright and continued onto work. I waited until I got home to think through what had happened though. Shudder, shudder. Good luck you early birds who have to travel in the early morning darkness!


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