How much snow fell at the Jersey Shore on Sunday?
Not much, but you wouldn’t know that from the local National Weather Service office in Mount Holly.
Some of the official functions of the Mount Holly office are hampered by the ongoing partial federal government shutdown, said meteorologist Jonathan O’Brien.
“It’s our local office policy, because of the ongoing shutdown, to not report snowfall amounts below winter storm warning criteria, which is five inches or more,” he said.
While records are kept for internal purposes, “it’s not considered mission critical essential work,” O’Brien added.
The essential work of the Mount Holly office, such as ongoing forecasting and storm warnings, continues despite the shutdown.
The forecasters are currently monitoring the potential for a storm over the weekend, saying that as of now, “the potential for heavy rain, snow and/or mixed precipitation exists.”
🧐 Here are the top snowfall totals reported by trained weather spotters from the Community Collaborative Rain, Hail & Snow Network, as well as a few storm reports from @NWS_MountHolly. All numbers are preliminary until they go through a quality control process. #njwx #njsnow pic.twitter.com/vbSdDWFYUU
— Len Melisurgo (@LensReality) January 14, 2019