Avalon closes TI Bridge for coming snow

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Avalon officials have closed the road leading to the Townsend Inlet Bridge between the borough and Sea Isle City because of concern for overwash from the inlet during the storm. Officials say it may reopen depending on conditions, but that residents should plan to find alternate routes. Avalon officials have closed the road leading to the Townsend Inlet Bridge between the borough and Sea Isle City because of concern for overwash from the inlet during the storm. Officials say it may reopen depending on conditions, but that residents should plan to find alternate routes. Avalon’s emergency officials have closed the road leading to the Townsend Inlet Bridge Tuesday morning, Jan. 21, in advance of what is expected to be a severe winter storm.

The National Weather Ser­vice has con­tin­ued a win­ter storm warn­ing for Avalon and the rest of Cape May County for a sig­nif­i­cant snow­storm that will affect the region over the next 36 hours.

The snow­storm is fore­cast to drop six to 10 inches of snow locally, with snow arriv­ing early Tues­day after­noon and last­ing through the early overnight hours of Wednes­day morn­ing. At some points dur­ing this storm, snow could fall at the rate of an inch per hour. A wind chill advi­sory is also in effect from Wednes­day at 1 a.m. until 11a.m.

“A storm that will approach our region from the south brought some cloud cover to Avalon dur­ing the early morn­ing hours of Tues­day. The tem­per­a­tures are expected to stay at or below freez­ing dur­ing this snow event which will result in all snow for our region,” reads a statement from the Avalon department of emergency management.

The snow is expected to begin with a light snow­fall dur­ing the first few hours of the storm; snow will inten­sify around sun­set through the evening hours.

“Trav­el­ling this evening and dur­ing the overnight hours will be very dif­fi­cult. You are advised not to travel unless it is absolutely nec­es­sary to allow snow plows an oppor­tu­nity to clear the streets,” reads a statement posted Tuesday morning by Avalon officials.

Com­pound­ing this storm will be strong winds. Winds will be out of the north at 25-35mph with gusts to 45mph. Power out­ages are pos­si­ble dur­ing this storm. Those emer­gency should call 9–1-1 for imme­di­ate assistance.

“Please con­tinue to mon­i­tor this web­site and tra­di­tional local media out­lets for storm updates,” reads a statement posted at avalonboro.net/avalon-emergency-management  

As a result of the approach­ing storm, the Avalon Police Depart­ment closed Ocean Drive lead­ing to the Townsend’s Inlet Bridge due to wave over­wash on the road­way caused by strong winds.

“It is pos­si­ble the bridge may reopen; plan an alter­nate route to be safe,” the statement reads.

The Avalon Free Pub­lic Library has post­poned all evening pro­grams sched­uled for Tues­day evening.

Related: Weather related closings (Jan. 21-22)


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