Long Branch: As predicted the evening commute is treacherous with freezing rain ending with a snow squall that put down upwards of 3 inches of snow just as motorists hit the highways. Traffic conditions on most secondary roads are bumper to bumper throughout the WORD communities.
The Highlands Bridge is reported closed this afternoon due to heavy icing and conditions too dangerous. Route 36 through Highlands and Atlantic Highlands has been reported impassable with numerous spin outs and stuck vehicles.
Route 18 South to the I-195/NJ-138 interchange was backed up for several miles as the conditions this afternoon deteriorated quickly. The 3 inches of snow that fell on top of freezing rain was an unexpected surprise so early in the afternoon. Deal Road was solid traffic from Monmouth Road to the Route 18 interchange at the 4pm hour with no let up in sight as businesses let employees leave earlier than normal for the commute home.
Route I-195 eastbound just east of the GSP at 4pm.
Route 35 and 36 in both directions throughout Eatontown, Shrewsbury, Red Bank, West Long Branch and Ocean Twsp are at a crawl at the 5pm hour. Speeds are at best 10 to 15 mph due to the road conditions and traffic volume.
GSP Southbound from the Driscoll Bridge to Exit 102 is a slow-to-no-go this evening.
A 2 car accident on Norwood Ave just after the NJ Transit overpass was the unwelcome sign to a busy night for emergency responders and tow operators alike.
Tonights temperatures are expected to drop to the 12 degree mark with winds making it feel colder....if we needed any more hint of the frigid weather. The morning commute is predicted to be difficult with little ice and snow melting off the roads given the low temps tonight.
Parents should expect delayed school openings and possible closures. Stay tuned for more updates. And sign up for you local town ALERTS for text and email updates.