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NWS Releases Snow Totals For Ocean County, Officially Rules Storm a ‘Blizzard’

The National Weather Service issued an official list of snow totals throughout Ocean County, derived from data submitted by trained weather spotters and members of the press who report their findings to the agency. The service’s office in Mount Holly also confirmed that the nor’easter, which swept through the Shore area Friday night through much of Saturday, met the criteria to be called a “blizzard” for historical and legal purposes.

Brick, of course made the list with 14.8 inches, while next door in Point Pleasant Beach, the nor’easter dumped 17.5 inches. The highest overall snow total was recorded in Bayville, where 21 inches fell. The full list, from high to low amounts, appears below.

The NWS also conferred the title of “blizzard” to the storm, but only in areas directly near the coast.

“The National Weather Service … can confirm that blizzard criteria was met [Friday] night and [Saturday] morning along the coastal strip of New Jersey and along the Delaware beaches,” the service said, in area reaching from coastal Monmouth County to the southern border between Delaware and Maryland.


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A blizzard is defined as three or more hours of visibility reductions to one quarter mile or less due to falling or blowing snow, and sustained winds or frequent gusts of 35 mph or greater.

Snow Totals for Ocean County:

 Bayville                     21.0 in   0212 PM 01/29   Public               
 2 NNW Beachwood              19.4 in   0400 PM 01/29   Broadcast Media      
 1 SW Lacey Twp               18.3 in   1113 PM 01/29   Trained Spotter      
 Point Pleasant Beach         17.5 in   0500 PM 01/29   Trained Spotter      
 Point Pleasant               17.0 in   0142 PM 01/29   Public               
 Forked River                 17.0 in   0400 PM 01/29   Trained Spotter      
 Tuckerton                    17.0 in   0400 PM 01/29   Trained Spotter      
 Manahawkin                   16.0 in   1000 AM 01/29   Trained Spotter      
 Toms River                   16.0 in   1245 PM 01/29   Trained Spotter      
 1 NW Point Pleasant          16.0 in   0400 PM 01/29   Trained Spotter      
 2 ESE Ramtown                15.3 in   0524 PM 01/29   Public               
 1 WSW Little Egg Harbor Twp  15.3 in   0555 PM 01/29   Broadcast Media      
 Lanoka Harbor                15.0 in   0854 AM 01/29   Public               
 Little Egg Harbor Twp        15.0 in   0615 PM 01/29   Trained Spotter      
 Brick                        14.8 in   0324 PM 01/29   Trained Spotter      
 2 SSW Jackson                14.1 in   0312 PM 01/29   Trained Spotter      
 2 ENE Toms River             13.5 in   0500 PM 01/29   Trained Spotter      
 Whiting                      13.1 in   0140 PM 01/29   Trained Spotter      
 1 SE Stafford Twp.           13.0 in   0200 PM 01/29   Trained Spotter      
 2 WNW Jackson                12.7 in   1029 PM 01/29   Trained Spotter      
 1 SW Toms River              12.3 in   0813 AM 01/29   Public               
 Stafford Twp. 2.8 NNW        12.0 in   0700 AM 01/29   COCORAHS             
 Berkeley Twp. 2.7 SSE        11.9 in   0700 AM 01/29   COCORAHS             
 Point Pleasant Beach         11.5 in   0700 AM 01/29   COCORAHS             
 Lakehurst                    11.5 in   0830 AM 01/29   Public               
 Barnegat                     11.4 in   0130 PM 01/29   Trained Spotter      
 2 WSW Lakewood Twp           11.0 in   0845 AM 01/29   Trained Spotter      
 Jackson                      11.0 in   1000 AM 01/29   Trained Spotter      
 3 S Lakewood Twp             11.0 in   0818 PM 01/29   Public               
 2 NNE Lakehurst              10.5 in   0335 PM 01/29                        
 Manchester Twp               10.5 in   0556 PM 01/29   Trained Spotter      
 1 NE Eagleswood Twp          10.3 in   0800 AM 01/29   Broadcast Media      
 Barnegat Twp                 9.8 in    0800 AM 01/29   Trained Spotter      
 Long Beach Twp 1.4 SSE       6.4 in    0700 AM 01/29   COCORAHS             
 Pine Beach 0.4 NW            6.0 in    0800 AM 01/29   COCORAHS

 

Despite the storm long having moved out, meteorologists will be busy this week conducting research to determine just how intensive the effects were.

“Further analysis will be conducted in the days ahead to determine which additional inland zones, if any, reached blizzard criteria during this event,” the statement said. “Further analysis will also be conducted to determine the exact start and end times of blizzard conditions in the areas where such conditions have already been confirmed.”


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