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Shore Spared From Brunt of Snow, But Flooding Concerns Persist

Rain washes away snow as concerns turn to Thursday night's high tide

Snow washing away in Ortley Beach. (Photo: Daniel Nee)
Snow washing away in Ortley Beach. (Photo: Daniel Nee)
The Jersey Shore area was spared the hefty, foot-high accumulations of snow that are continuing to mount Thursday in the western and northern portions of the state, but officials are still concerned over the threat of flooding as high tide approaches.

Overnight snow changed to rain between 7:30 a.m. and 8 a.m. Thursday. Ever since, sheets of wind-driven rain have been falling as the winds howled from the northeast. In the Ortley Beach section on Toms River, the small amount of snow that had fallen earlier was gone, with the temperature holding steady at about 36 degrees by 11:30 a.m.

Toms River was among the towns hoping the flooding would be kept to a minimum.

"So far just the usual roadway 'pooling,' but as far as tidal, we seem to be doing well," said police spokesman Ralph Stocco.

The next high tide in Barnegat Bay will come at 11:22 p.m. Thursday night in Ocean Beach, Toms River, and at 11:06 p.m. at the Mantoloking Bridge in Brick. Along the oceanfront, high tide will occur at 6:35 p.m. in Seaside Heights.

In Brick Township, the snow turned to rain around 8 a.m., residents told Patch, but the winds quickly kicked up, causing tree branches to scatter. There were no reports of major flooding in town, however.

Despite the high winds, power outages were few and far between, according to Jersey Central Power and Light. The utility reported under 20 power outages in Brick and Toms River, with a small cluster of outages in South Toms River.
Louis Castellano February 13, 2014 at 11:41 AM
We have atleast 6 inches of heavy snow in Toms River
ray February 13, 2014 at 11:47 AM
Like Louis, we're wondering where your reporter is sitting. The snow plows just finished pushing aside the six inches in my giant drive way. Is that what you call "spared"?
Daniel Nee (Editor) February 13, 2014 at 12:02 PM
Where do you guys live? Here in Ortley Beach there is no accumulation and the roads are simply wet.
suz February 13, 2014 at 12:04 PM
Yep...at least 5 inches here also in Silver Ridge Park North.
Daniel Nee (Editor) February 13, 2014 at 12:30 PM
For clarification, the article didn't say there was NO snow, it said that we were spared the foot-plus that fell north and west.
John Cobb February 13, 2014 at 01:11 PM
We had some snow overnight which the rain has turned to slush. Basically, we got what the Weather Ch and Action News had predicted.
John E February 13, 2014 at 01:53 PM
Yup..agree with John Cobb. Have here a few inches of slurpee mix.
Resident of Lacey February 13, 2014 at 02:37 PM
Daniel, perhaps it would help greatly to end the confusion if the information posted to the LACEY patch was actually about LACEY and not about some other neighboring town. Don't get me wrong we do care about others outside of our town however this is the LACEY patch. We expect to see news and information about LACEY.
Chris February 13, 2014 at 03:11 PM
Isn't this the toms river patch?
People wake up February 13, 2014 at 03:12 PM
I got news for you Daniel the nor eastern is swinging around again (that's what these type storms do) and we are suppose to receive 3-6 inches here in Lacey. Really Action News and the Weather channel said along the coast meaning seaside ortley would get more rain. I agree with Resident of Lacey Lacey Patch is suppose to be about Lacey especially when its under Police an Fire. This stuff is good for the blog!
John E February 13, 2014 at 05:29 PM
This article is about the **Jersey shore area** so same article will be posted in most towns patch.com...not just one.
John E February 13, 2014 at 05:32 PM
With mother nature..one town can have more snow then the next town over..in the spring I see it rain across the street but not on my side..mother nature does what she wants!
Daniel Nee (Editor) February 13, 2014 at 05:39 PM
This is article is published on multiple sites in the Shore area, not just Lacey or Toms River.
John E February 13, 2014 at 05:42 PM
I have to stop listening to the Rolling Stones songs..think some my posts have their beat.
Sean Conneamhe February 13, 2014 at 08:55 PM
"Weather!"
Av February 14, 2014 at 06:20 PM
I want john to shovel my drive
People wake up February 14, 2014 at 06:42 PM
This article was posted under police & fire so it doesn't pertain to either its weather. Daniel post please in right spot. Kinda stick to Lacey News!
SB Girl February 16, 2014 at 08:18 AM
And delete when it is no longer relevant!

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