Don’t expect the snow to melt soon

 An abandoned car and a tree limb that took out a utility line block a road in the aftermath of a winter storm Thursday, Feb. 6, 2014. An ice storm left more than 849,000 Pennsylvania households and businesses without electricity last week.  (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)

An abandoned car and a tree limb that took out a utility line block a road in the aftermath of a winter storm Thursday, Feb. 6, 2014. An ice storm left more than 849,000 Pennsylvania households and businesses without electricity last week. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)

First it was the snow. Now area residents are trying to cope with low temperatures.

Unlike the previous snowfall that melted rather quickly when warmer weather arrived, New Jersey state climatologist Dave Robinson says this snow will be sticking around.

“There will be enough energy from the sun on our sunny days to eventually melt off the roads and rooftops and such but it’s going to be around awhile,” Robinson said. “We¹re not going to see the freezing mark too often in the next two weeks and when we do it will just be up there for a few hours and then back below freezing.”

Some parts of central and south Jersey have already received as much snow as they get during an average winter.

“Snowfall as we know doesn’t come evenly distributed over the course of the winter,” he said. “So it doesn’t mean we’re going to end with twice the normal or three times the normal. We might, but sometimes the snow guns kind of get turned off later in the winter.”

Another big storm is not expected anytime soon, but Robinson cautions spring is still two months away.

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