Messy travel conditions likely at the Shore Wednesday

PennDot snowplow (Keith Srakocic/AP Photo)

PennDot snowplow (Keith Srakocic/AP Photo)

Prepare for messy roadway conditions at the Jersey Shore on Wednesday.

The National Weather Service says snow will start moving through the region on Wednesday morning, likely beginning in earnest after rush hour.

Snow will then gradually transition to a mix of sleet, freezing rain and then rain from south to north sometime during the late afternoon into the evening hours.

National Weather Service forecasters expect one to two inches of snow in coastal Monmouth and Ocean counties and two to three inches elsewhere at the Shore.

But the forecasters caution that “considerable uncertainty” remains due to the timing of transitions from snow.

“However, confidence is higher in an extended period of poor travel conditions during most of the daytime hours tomorrow, with particular concern for the afternoon and evening,” a National Weather Service briefing advises.

In a Tuesday afternoon press conference, New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy said the state’s Emergency Operations Center will begin operations Tuesday evening to ensure readiness.

He encouraged residents to plan ahead and consider alternatives like telecommuting.

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