- Associated Press - Wednesday, December 24, 2014

Heavy rain and fog made holiday travel across New Jersey difficult, but travelers say they expected worse.

Here’s a look at how the Christmas Eve commute is going in New Jersey:



Paul Orgera, of Annapolis, Maryland, stopped at the Woodrow Wilson Travel Plaza on his way to Long Island, and he was taking the commute “slow and steady” to avoid getting into an accident.

Sarah Stothers, of Washington, D.C., who was driving to Westchester, New York, said rain and fog made the trip tough, but it wasn’t as bad as she had expected based on the weather forecast.

“I thought it would be a lot worse,” she said. “I thought there would be a lot more people on the road.”

Katie Kennedy was traveling from Ellicott City, Maryland, to Courtland Manor, New York, when she stopped at the travel plaza. Although she slept for most of the ride, she said she knew it was going well because she never heard her husband curse at the traffic. “Knock on wood,” she said.



A gale warning is in effect in northern New Jersey from 6 a.m. Christmas morning until 7 p.m. and a small craft advisory is in effect along the coast until 7 p.m. Thursday. A flood advisory ended at 1 p.m. The National Weather Service also warns drivers to avoid floodwaters.



Travelers leaving from Newark Liberty International Airport and from Philadelphia International Airport are facing departure delays of an undetermined length because of the weather, according to the Federal Aviation Administration. Delays at John F. Kennedy International Airport were 15 minutes or less.



New Jersey Transit’s Northeast Corridor, North Jersey Coast and Pascack Valley lines are delayed up to 15 minutes, while the other lines are running on time. PATCO trains in southern New Jersey are running “on or close to schedule,” the agency reports. The Port Authority Trans-Hudson rail service also reports no service delays. Amtrak spokesman Craig Schulz says Northeast Corridor trains are running on schedule.

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