Roadway conditions quickly deteriorated early Wednesday afternoon at the Jersey Shore as rain changed over to sleet, snow, and in some instances, hail.
Add in lightning strikes to the mix, and the Ocean County Sheriff’s Department is asking motorists to stay off the roadways and under a roof, according to a text alert sent at 2:38 p.m.
As of 2:45 p.m., numerous crashes have been reported along the Garden State Parkway between northern Atlantic and Monmouth counties along with the Atlantic City Expressway near the Garden State Parkway interchange.
All precipitation has changed over to snow as of 2:30 p.m., and forecasters expect it to continue through at least the early evening hours.
These bands of heavy snow will continue to rotate through the region this afternoon and evening at rates of 1-4″ per hour. pic.twitter.com/yoADVjNsXj
— NY NJ PA Weather (@nynjpaweather) March 7, 2018
— Denise Wirth (@denisewirth1) March 7, 2018
Tidal flooding has also been an issue, with at least minor flooding reported in Long Branch, Pelican Island, Little Egg Harbor, and Ocean City.
Well, that didn’t take long. Many streets in Ocean City have turned into slushy canals, with snow falling heavily right now. pic.twitter.com/0omR8s2iSd
— Bill Barlow (@Jerseynews_Bill) March 7, 2018
Gotta get to work 🤷🏽♂️ pic.twitter.com/bwDj8M2ges
— City Of Atlantic (@CityOfAtlantic) March 7, 2018
And firefighters are having to deal with the elements as they battle a multi-alarm fire in Ship Bottom, Long Beach Island.