More than 20k in N.J. without power at 7 a.m. Wednesday

     Sandy Hook yesterday before the sleet and ice moved in overnight. (Photo by Blur Revision Media Design via JSHN)

    Sandy Hook yesterday before the sleet and ice moved in overnight. (Photo by Blur Revision Media Design via JSHN)

    8 A.M. UPDATE: About 30,000 homes and businesses in New Jersey are without power.

    9:45 A.M. UPDATE: More than 55,000 homes and businesses in New Jersey are without power.

    At 7 a.m. Wednesday, more than 20,000 homes and businesses in New Jersey are without electricity due to the ongoing ice storm that is causing power lines and tree limbs to snap.

    The state’s largest utility, PSE&G, is reporting 12,407 customers are without service. Most are in Mercer County.

    JCP&L has 4,053 outages, mainly in Monmouth County.

    Atlantic City Electric is reporting 4,032 customers without service. Many of them are in Burlington and Gloucester counties.

    The New Jersey State Police reports road closures from downed trees and motor vehicle collisions in Burlington, Mercer, and many North Jersey counties.

    Forecasters are concerned about additional power outages in North Jersey this morning as snow transitions to freezing rain. 

    Temperatures, which are already above freezing in South Jersey, should rise above 32 degrees for most of the area later today, melting ice off surfaces, according to the National Weather Service. 

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    The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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