Close to a dozen accidents were already reported in Lakewood since the beginning of the storm, and over 20 accident were reported in Toms River.
Snow is expected to turn to mostly sleet and rain after 9 pm, according to the NWS.
Police Captain Gregory Meyer is urging drivers to reduce speeds to allow a safe distance between vehicles. The Captain is also asking residents to avoid any unnecessary trips.
Committeeman Meir Lichtenstein is reminding Lakewood residents to sign up for the Lakewood Township Notification System, which alerts subscribers about emergencies; Department Of Public Works information, such as trash pickup, snow removal and parking during snow removal; traffic problems; weather related events; school closings; power outage updates; and legal notices.
Residents can receive the alerts via email or text to their cell phones. Sign up for Lakewood Township alert system at www.lakewoodnj.gov. Click on the Notification Signup on the right side of this website. The Township alert system is free; however, standard text messaging rates from your carrier may apply.
UPDATE 4PM: The National Weather Service has extended the Winter Storm Warning until midnight tongith. 5-12 inches of snow accumulation possible.
UPDATE 7:30 PM: Mayor Akerman tells TLS crews are hoping to have the roads clear in time for the early commuters, and school buses. Crews are currently out salting the roads.
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