The nor'easter that's battered New Jersey and Pennsylvania for 24 hours will continue to push through both states early Friday as some areas brace for another 4 to 6 inches of snow.
Others along the Shore will watch for the tides as they roll in during the mid-morning. High seas were expected to hit Ocean City, N.J. shortly before 8 a.m.
Some inland towns, such as Princeton, were already dealing with flooding that closed local streets. Alexander Street, between Faculty Road and Canal Point Boulevard, was closed temporarily because of flooding.
Some schools, such as New Brunswick and Gloucester Township, already called for delayed openings on Friday. Many parents and students were resigned to the fact that they will be going to school on Monday, President's Day, to make up for the many days lost to the weather this winter.
With New Jersey under a continued state of emergency, Gov. Chris Christie authorized a delayed opening of 10:30 am for all non-essential state employees on Friday. Essential employees should report to work on their regular schedule.
“Winter Storm Pax brought more than a foot of snow to parts of New Jersey and is expected to bring even more snow and freezing rain across the state tonight,” said Christie. “I strongly encourage all New Jerseyans to remain off the roads tonight if possible and exercise caution during their morning commutes tomorrow. I thank our state’s transportation crews and first responders for their tireless efforts to keep our residents safe.”
Beginning Wednesday night, Winter Storm Pax brought heavy snow, mixed precipitation and freezing temperatures throughout the entire state, producing hazardous travel conditions and affecting transportation across the state.
Current road conditions are available at the New Jersey Department of Transportation website at www.NJ511.org.
Thousands who were without electricity - particularly in Monmouth County - had their power restored on Thursday. Wind gusts that were expected to hit as high as 30 mph, however, raised the risk of more power outages occurring overnight.
The strengthening low pressure system was supposed to streak squarely through southern and central New Jersey Friday morning. The National Weather Service's winter-storm warning remained in effect until 6 a.m.
Temperatures will be in the mid- to lower 30s but state officials warned about the possibility of ice forming.