Accident totals continue to climb in South Brunswick during the first snow storm of the season.
South Brunswick Police spokesman Sgt. Jim Ryan said police have responded to 43 incidents between 7:30 a.m. and 11 a.m., with 28 of those incidents involving cars leaving the roadway.
The blue dots on the photo above represent motor vehicle accidents, while the green dots involve cars leaving the road.
The heavy snow falling on Tuesday has already wreaked havoc on South Brunswick roadways.
Snowfall began shortly before 7:30 a.m. as conditions rapidly deteriorated, as heavy snow caused slippery roads and limited visibility. In the opening hours of the storm police reported 22 accidents, with a few of cars sliding off the roadway.
Police said the largest number of accidents have occurred on the more rural roads in South Brunswick's east side. None of the crashes resulted in serious injury, according to police.
Township Public Works crews are actively plowing and sanding area roadways Tuesday morning. South Brunswick Police are asking motorists to limit or avoid travel over the next several hours.
Snowfall is predicted to continue for most of the day before tapering off late Tuesday afternoon. Police remain concerned about the impact of the storm on the evening commute.
Accumulation predictions call for between three to five inches of snow possible in central and southern New Jersey.
Tips from police for driving on icy roads:
- Decrease your speed and leave yourself plenty of room to stop. You should allow at least three times more space than usual between you and the car in front of you.
- Brake gently to avoid skidding. If your wheels start to lock up, ease off the brake.
- Turn on your lights to increase your visibility to other motorists.
- Keep your lights and windshield clean.
- Be especially careful on bridges, overpasses and infrequently traveled roads, which will freeze first. Even at temperatures above freezing, if the conditions are wet, you might encounter ice in shady areas or on exposed roadways like bridges.
- Don't pass snow plows and sanding trucks. The drivers have limited visibility, and you're likely to find the road in front of them worse than the road behind.
- Don't assume your vehicle can handle all conditions. Even four-wheel and front-wheel drive vehicles can encounter trouble on winter roads.