By: Michael Mandarino, Follow South Jersey Managing Editor
SOUTH JERSEY — Monday’s major nor’easter dumped more than two feet of snow on some parts of New Jersey. At some shore points, however, the nor’easter led to several inches of water blocking off streets due to rain and coastal flooding.
A video posted on Twitter by a user from Sea Isle City showed coastal flooding on the streets of the city approximately three hours after high tide, which took place at 9:30 a.m. The National Weather Service has issued a coastal flood warning until 5 p.m. Tuesday.
Although Monday was a bit rainier down in South Jersey than it was for those in the northern part of the state, Tuesday should bring more snowfall to the southern parts. Most of Cumberland, Gloucester, Ocean, and Salem counties should expect one to three inches of snow throughout Tuesday. Parts of Camden County could be hit by three to five inches of snowfall, but most of Cape May County should only get up to 1.5 inches. Light snow is expected to fall throughout Tuesday.
Many schools in South Jersey, including Millville and Vineland’s districts, will once again close its in-person operations in favor of remote learning. Buena Regional School District got a traditional snow day on Monday, but its students will be back at remote learning on Tuesday. Pittsgrove Township’s school district was scheduled to resume in-person operations on Tuesday, but those plans were canceled in favor of remote learning due to the weather.
Although Tuesday’s expected snowfall totals are enough to disrupt in-person operations at schools, they pale in comparison to some of the numbers reported in North Jersey. Mendham, a town in Morris County, reported 30 inches of snow as of Tuesday morning.
However, Hammonton’s schools will be fully closed after running remote learning on Monday. Camden Charter School Network superintendent Dr. Joseph Conway thinks that the traditional snow day is a “potentially endangered species” due to the rise of remote learning — a theory supported by most South Jersey schools continuing remote operations.
New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy will once again hold a press conference on Tuesday focusing on the state’s response to this week’s nor’easter.
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