Snowstorm Swirls Into Tri-State, Commuters Beware

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A broad snowstorm pushed eastward early Friday, dumping a light coating of snow in the Northeast with the potential to make the morning rush tricky, all part of a powerful cold front engulfing much of the nation.

The National Weather Service said that the edge of the storm, with light snow flurries, reached the Philadelphia area overnight and that 1 to 2 inches of snow were likely there and in the New York City metropolitan area.

The weather service warned commuters to be careful trekking to work.

"People ought to take it easy when they get out on the road this morning,'' weather service meteorologist Bill Goodman said early Friday.

This winter has already dumped more than a foot of snow on New York, and temperatures have twice dipped to a numbing 16 degrees in Central Park, according to The National Weather Service.

Forecasters are predicting up to two inches in New Jersey before the flurries end later in the morning. The flakes are easily cleared with brooms and brushes instead of shovels.

Road crews in the state began treating major highways with salt on Thursday. By Friday, they were using a briny mixture to keep the pavement wet.

There are slippery spots because temperatures are below freezing and there is snow on secondary roads.

A winter weather advisory is in effect until noon for Salem, Gloucester, Camden, Burlington, Ocean, Cumberland, Atlantic and Cape May counties in New Jersey.

Forecasters say a blast of Arctic air will combine with the wind to make it feel like it's below zero in parts of the Garden State over the weekend.

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