A nor'easter that arrived in New Jersey Wednesday is expected to hang around for more than a day and could cause potential problems for a region still recovering from Hurricane Sandy.
The storm is bringing wind and a heavy, wet snow, which has already started falling on the Greater Red Bank area. More critically, however, the arrival of the nor'easter has meant the arrival of cold temperatures, which have fallen to around 36 degrees and could drop to below freezing during the night.
The freezing temperatures could lead to unsafe roadways and could hamper power restoration efforts throughout the area.
In a press conference held in LBI Wednesday, Gov. Chris Christie said the storm could cause a 24-hour delay in restoration and relief efforts throughout the region. He did point to clear forecasts expected this weekend and noted that there are 11,000 utility workers still in the state trying to get service up and running again.
In Red Bank, more than 1,500 customers remained without power Wednesday afternoon, according to Jersey Central Power and Light, through reports from businesses and Red Bank residents indicated that new power outages had resulted from the nor'easter's arrival. In Shrewsbury, fewer than 300 customers are currently without power, according to JCP&L.
Monmouth County is asking residents to prepare for the storm and noted that trees weekend during Hurricane Sandy could come down when the nor'easter's 55 mile per hour winds hit the area.