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Soggy start to the week as rain, snow sloshes N.J.

Drivers urged to take things slow on NJ roadways
Drivers urged to take things slow on NJ roadways 01:45

CLIFTON, N.J. -- New Jersey drivers should expect to see minor flooding on roadways, as the leftover rain continues Monday. 

CBS New York's Christina Fan was live in Clifton this morning with a look at road conditions. Drivers should leave early and leave extra distance between other vehicles, she reported. 

The major thoroughfares appeared to be clear, but there was some localized flooding in areas like Kearny. The storm also caused streams to swell over their banks.    

Parts of the state could see 3 to 4 inches of rain when it's all said and done. The precipitation also changed over to snow in northern counties, like one social media user shared in Randolph. 

Overall, the damage is not as bad as feared, especially for coastal communities that prepared for strong forecasted winds by taking down holiday decorations and flags.

As for power outages, JCP&L reported about 1,700 around 6 a.m., while PSE&G experienced just a handful.

Officials remind drivers to avoid standing water or downed power lines, and if your windshield wipers are on, make sure your headlights are on too.

Watch Lisa Rozner's report

Flooding a big concern down on the Jersey Shore 01:53

Steady rain fell Sunday in Point Pleasant, where residents said since they experienced a wet fall, they are concerned about water levels as well as wind.

The roads were wet and empty in Manasquan. At the Broadway Bar and Grill in Point Pleasant, the flags were taken down outside. The owner said she wasn't taking any chances. The Jersey Shore could see up to 50 mph wind gusts overnight.

"If that would be all the flags up there and it would hit with strong winds, that has been known to go through the front windows," Linda Dedreux said.

Residents said another concern is standing water, but they didn't pull out the sandbags for this storm.

"When we get a really decent rain you can see the water on the other side of the street there that gets real high," Belmar resident Pat Conti said. "This entire area got torched by Sandy and we were rebuilt better."

The rain and winds didn't prevent customers from gathering at the Broadway Bar, but coastal flooding and beach erosion were very possible until 6 a.m. Monday, as onshore winds pile waves along the coast.

"We're just getting a little worried because this is like the calm before the storm and we've had this before with Hurricane Sandy, but we're still here," Dedeux said. "We're Jersey strong."

Residents that spoke to CBS New York said they planned to leave for work Monday earlier than usual, and have their routes mapped out as there are roads that do routinely flood in this kind of weather.

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