Cape May’s First Snow January 2017

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Cape May, NJ – The first snowfall of the season was a chiller of a storm. The six plus inches of snow Saturday came with the coldest day of the year so far – temperatures dropped 8 degrees overnight to the 20′s.

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Along the oceanfront, two brave local women who thought it might be nice to take a walk on a snowy beach ended up running as fast as they could from the bitter cold winds – - gusts were as high as 28 miles per hour – whipping up the snow and sand.

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Whose idea was this anyway? they asked each other as they stopped to pose for a photo.

Aside from the Cape May Times photographer with frostbitten fingers, there were few other folks braving the intense winter storm.

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Not only were streets empty, even the Garden State Parkway almost disappeared under Saturday’s blowing snow.

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The Queen Victoria’s Innkeeper Doug McMain was a solitary figure shoveling show late in the afternoon on Ocean Avenue.

McMain said there were still visitors in town for the weekend – the Queen Victoria had about 40 guests.
The real challenge was finding a restaurant open for dinner.

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Even Lucky Bones, that Cape May stalwart, was closed Saturday night. What a rare shot – an empty Lucky Bones parking lot.

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The snow storm came so soon after Christmas, many holiday decorations were still up, including those in Cape May’s new park. The park got its inaugural coating of snow.

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The same park looked a lot different during the last snowstorm back in March of 2016.

Although even the marshes were snow covered and it looked like the start of a long, cold winter, the word from the weather people is that a big defrost is on the way later this week.

Good news for those so us who still have not planted spring daffodil bulbs.

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About Jane Kashlak

Jane Kashlak is a journalist, a gardener and a Cape Island resident. She's also Cape May Times' photographer. She founded Cape May Times after a long and lively career in TV news.