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Icy Storm Hits Ocean City — School Cancelled

Forecasters warn of snow, tidal flooding, extremely cold temperatures and icy roads.

A winter storm arrived Thursday night, starting to bring snow, flooding and ice to Ocean City.

Rain turned to snow about 9 p.m. Thursday as temperatures began to fall rapidly. The air temperature, which reached a high in the mid-40s on Thursday, will fall below 20 degrees by Friday morning.

The latest National Weather Service forecast calls for 4 to 7 inches of accumulated snow in Ocean City and Cape May County by Friday morning, while areas immediately to the north can expect 5 to 9 inches.

The Ocean City School District announced Thursday night that it will cancel classes on Friday.

The sky will begin to clear in Friday morning, but the high temperature will reach only 21 degrees — with northwest winds of 23 to 32 mph creating wind-chill value as low as -2 degrees. The low temperature on Friday night could fall as low as 4 degrees.

A coastal flood watch is in effect for Ocean City from late Thursday night through Friday afternoon. Exceptionally high spring tides are coinciding with the new moon. Atlantic City is expected to see moderate tidal flooding — with high tides at 6.5 to 7.0 feet above mean low water (by comparison Ocean City saw tide levels of 10.02 feet during Superstorm Sandy and 7.26 feet during a March 2013 nor'easter).

High tide at the Ninth Street Bridge on the bay side of Ocean City will be 9:22 a.m. on Friday (Jan. 3). Winds gusts up to 45 mph (northwest) could contribute to the flooding.

An advisory from the Ocean City Office of Emergency Management warned that roads will likely freeze as flood waters recede, leaving behind icy surfaces. 

"Motorists are encouraged to use extreme caution, or to avoid driving all together until road conditions improve," the advisory said.

Snow and flooding are expected to be worse farther north along the New Jersey coastline.

Saturday's forecast calls for sun and a high temperature of 36 degrees.

Other closings and delays (please add your own in the comments section):

  • Ocean City Home Bank branches are closed on Friday, Jan. 3.
  • Richard Stockton College of New Jersey is closed on Friday, Jan. 3.
  • Atlantic Cape Community College is closed on Friday, Jan. 3.
  • All state offices will be closed on Friday, Jan. 3.
Dean January 03, 2014 at 09:00 AM
Any chance of the streets getting plowed? Or, if there's no tourist dollars coming in, Ocean City can't be bothered?
Karen Bolden January 03, 2014 at 09:50 AM
Dean......agree. I have not seen or heard any snow plows and it's 10 am. Really PW??? what's the deal??? And they wonder why people complain about them
Mr. B January 03, 2014 at 10:17 AM
I got home from work at 1am this morning and found most of the streets plowed and salted. was back out on the road at 830am and saw them still out there getting it done. I think they are doing a great job under these conditions.
Karen Bolden January 03, 2014 at 10:25 AM
Mr B...........whaaaaaat? I have spoken to several people who, llike me, have UNPLOWED roads. The roads are not clear and if you saw them at 1:00 it snowed and has been windy since then! Many of us have unplowed roads.......you must be a public employee or you are dreaming
Dean January 03, 2014 at 10:27 AM
Mr. B, Can you tell me which streets are plowed? It'll help me plan my route to work.
Mr. B January 03, 2014 at 10:34 AM
I took west from battersea to 23rd. no problem. took bayshore back about 3 hours later, no problem. some side roads were still unplowed but most main roads were fine as far as I can see. not sure why I must be a public employee for simply stating what I myself have experienced.
Dean January 03, 2014 at 10:51 AM
Thanks, Mr. B. West ave, it is. And, in an attempt to clarify perception. West ave is a snow emergency route. It MUST be cleared. As far as the other streets go, I don't know. So, I'm guessing everyone is correct as far as their assessments go. Be safe.
Jim Houck January 03, 2014 at 11:38 AM
Ya really gotta love people who complain about all roads not being plowed by 10:00 AM on a day on which the snow didn't actually end until after 8:00 AM & winds are blasting. Geez !
Mr. B January 03, 2014 at 01:32 PM
I must say, I just had to go out again, from battersea to Acme and it looks like to me every street has been cleared. Not sure what the complaints are, I'll say it again, great job Ocean City.
CleanOC January 03, 2014 at 06:57 PM
I think they did and are doing a great job.

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