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Winter storm cleanup underway

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ATLANTIC COUNTY -

Today, residents spent the day digging out from the snow and fighting the howling winds, which will likely stick around throughout the night.

It may have been a snow day on Friday, but that didn't stop hundreds of kids from showing up at Mainland Regional High School.

One child out sledding told NBC40, "We don't really get that much snow out here that much, but we got so excited when we looked outside and we didn't have school today! We were like, 'Oh, let's just go sledding!'"

.People of all ages swarmed to local sledding spots to enjoy their day off sledding, snowboarding, and having snowball fights. One grandparent said, "It's cold and windy - but the grandkids, they love it, they're having a great time." Another child said, "It's a lot softer...better for snowballs."

But the six to eight inches of this soft snow that blanketed the region is the kind that can create problems. Bill Reinert, Head of the Atlantic County Department of Public Works, told NBC40, "It's a lot of snow. It's a soft, fluffy snow, but underneath is ice and that is the type that as you are going down the highway, it tends to fly off and because of the ice underneath, it becomes a hazard."

With plow and salt trucks still on the roads throughout the day and into Friday evening, Public Works officials say the frigid temperatures that are expected to keep the area iced over will be a challenge for their guys, and as residents travel throughout South Jersey, they urge them to be cautious.

Reinert said, "The biggest concern at the moment is drifting so they will be there to handle that and those types of events."

Public Works officials in Atlantic County say their crews spread over 1,200 tons of salt on more than 375 miles of roadways. Similarly, ground crews at Atlantic City International Airport worked throughout the night to keep the airport open.

Spokesman for ACY, Kevin Rehmann, said, "You don't know what to expect because you don't know how hard the wind is going to blow, you don't know how hard it is drifting because the goal is to always keep the airport open and we were successful in doing that."

ACY reported no delayed flights and says they brought in extra crews for the evening to keep the runways clear, as crews at the airport and throughout the rest of the county battle the bitter cold that will be working against them over the next 48 hours.

Atlantic County Public Works officials only report a few minor accidents and one car into a telephone pole as a result of the weather.

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