- Associated Press - Monday, February 2, 2015

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) - Motorists in New Jersey are dealing with some hazardous travel conditions during the evening commute.

Plummeting temperatures on Monday afternoon caused the “flash freezing” of standing water on roads, walkways and parking lots. Several accidents and spinouts were reported across the state, but no major problems were reported.

A winter weather advisory issued for the state by the National Weather Service was due to remain in effect through late Monday night.

Forecasters also say the cold temperatures and strong winds could create dangerous wind chills overnight.

The falling temperatures came after a mix of wintry precipitation fell across the state from late Sunday night through Monday afternoon. Northern areas saw several inches of snow, while mostly rain and freezing rain fell in central and southern areas.

Adel Elaraby, a store owner in Newark, said his commute from East Hanover took about 40 minutes, or twice as long as usual, due to slippery roads. He said it appeared many people opted to stay home or, in the case of state workers, heeded the governor’s office’s order to delay getting to work until 10:30 a.m.

“It wasn’t as bad as it could have been,” said Adel Elaraby, a store owner in Newark. “There were a lot fewer cars on the road (during the morning), and that was a good thing. I think people listened to the warnings and stayed at home.”

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