People dig out after New Jersey shore slammed with snow

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People dig out after Jersey shore slammed with snow. Chad Pradelli reports during Action News at 4pm on January 5, 2018. (WPVI)

It was a day of digging out in New Jersey following a nor'easter that dumped as much as 18 inches of snow.

The hum of snowblowers echoed throughout Cape May Courthouse on Friday.

"I did it once last night, and back again doing it today," said Allan Camp.

On Asbury Road at 9th in Ocean City, most stores remained closed. The local gym was open, though... and was open at 5:30 a.m. Thursday, even as the snow fell.

"Three o'clock in the afternoon I realized I had made a grave error in judgment because I then proceed to shovel my way 50 years out to get to the street!" said owner Francis Hastings.

Many of the main roads around the Jersey shore were cleared after plow drivers worked through the night.
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People dig out after New Jersey shore slammed with snow. John Rawlins reports during Action News at Noon on January 5, 2018.

Drivers say side roads remain a work in progress.

"The main roads are fine, they did a great job," said Norman Gordon of Northfield. "Side streets are pretty bad, icy."

Like most eateries, the Sunrise Cafe was closed for the storm. By Friday morning staffers were digging out.

It wasn't easy given the extreme cold and wind.

"Yeah, wind is brutal. You've got to make sure when blowing the snow it doesn't blow right back in your face," said Bob Idell.

All of the plowed snow, however, means a number of parked cars were stuck.

Mary Ann Bring had cleared her walk, but the rock-hard snow that trapped her van and SUV were too much.

"Any able-bodied person in Ocean City who wants to earn some good money, they could come by and shovel out my two vehicles for me," she said.

For more coverage and tips for making it through the season, visit our Surviving Winter section.

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