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Ocean City Digs Out From Winter Storm

Roads are plowed, but some are flooded. The library and fitness center are open.

Cross-country skiing on the Ocean City Boardwalk on Friday morning after a winter storm.
Cross-country skiing on the Ocean City Boardwalk on Friday morning after a winter storm.
Ocean City awoke Friday morning to find the island covered by both snow and tidal flooding from a winter storm moving off the coast.

The region saw about six inches of snow overnight, but strong northwest winds swept some areas thin and created drifts deeper than a foot in other places.

The same winds are pushing bay water from an exceptionally high tide over some bulkheads on the bay side of Ocean City, flooding nearby streets.

The temperature on Friday is expected to remain around 15 degrees through the afternoon and fall to a low of 2 degrees on Friday night — freezing the flooded streets as the tide recedes. Wind chill values could dip to -8 with a northwest wind of 26 to 29 mph gusting up to 45 mph.

The Ocean City School District cancelled classes on Friday, and Gov. Chris Christie has declared a state of emergency for New Jersey, closing all state offices.

Most of the main thoroughfares throughout Ocean City had been plowed by Friday morning, and the Route 52 causeway was plowed and mostly clear. Many bay blocks were underwater from a spring tide that was high at 9:22 a.m. in Ocean City. The floodwaters trickled across Bay Avenue at some intersections, and widespread areas of Haven and Simpson avenues are flooded.

The Ocean City Police Department is asking all car owners to move parked cars from marked snow emergency routes (including parts of Bay and West avenues) to allow plowing.

A path on the Ocean City Boardwalk had been plowed, but deep drifts of snow remained in other areas of the boardwalk.

The strong offshore winds groomed some big surf, but early on Friday surfers had not yet hit the water.

The Ocean City Free Public Library will be open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Friday. The Ocean City Aquatics and Fitness Center opened at 10 a.m., but classes are cancelled. The Senior Center and Arts Center are closed, but the Ocean City Historical Museum is open. Ocean City Home Bank branches are closed.

Saturday's forecast calls for sun with a high of 33 degrees.
Frank Worrell January 03, 2014 at 11:02 AM
Sorry to have missed al the fun with the snow.. We got out of Ocean City early on the 2 nt. We are stuck on the island of St Maarten with temps in the 80,s
Florence Moyer January 03, 2014 at 11:03 AM
Thanks for posting the beautiful pics. Curious about the one of the SUVs on the beach. What the heck is up with that? Is it a legal thing now, on the downtown beaches? Saw an SUV and pickup truck speeding down the beach in the early afternoon on Christmas Day, too.
raudijames January 03, 2014 at 12:39 PM
I have seen SUV's and trucks speeding on the beach as well. Where are they allowed to drive and is there a speed limit?
Bob Schwartz January 03, 2014 at 12:40 PM
Does Haven flood on the North end of town also, or is it just the 10th to 30th streets that flood on these high tides?
jcronk49 January 04, 2014 at 08:59 AM
Does anyone know if there was any flooding on the south end of the island? I'm looking at 48th and West on the Bay side. We lest on the 1st. Not sure if we had flooding.
Bob January 04, 2014 at 11:15 AM
Jcronk49, of course it was flooded there. Anything west of West Ave from 35th to 52nd St. is only but a couple feet at most above sea level. It floods there at every full moon as well and any time you get a steady NE wind. There is a reason the first floor of any house built after about 1971 sits 10ft off the ground...
Eric Sauder January 04, 2014 at 11:43 AM
You can get a permit to drive on the beach off season. Hopefully the ice on the roads will melt off soon. Apparently the Longport bridge was snow covered last night. Someone told me they lost control coming off the bridge and almost crashed into the toll booth. Frank I don't want to hear it. Its colder than a $%$&%& $%^ here.

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