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Nor'easter Blasts NJ, Further Depletes Road Supplies, School Snow Days

Governor declares state of emergency as 14 inches of snow possible in what is expected to be season's biggest storm.

The latest round of winter weather is expected to be the season's worst while causing more school snow days and further depleting road salt in many towns.

A winter storm warning is in effect until 6 a.m. Friday with as much as 14 inches of snow and nearly an inch of ice possible, according to the National Weather Service.

Travel conditions will be treacherous Thursday with heavy snow mixing with sleet and freezing rain before turning back to snow, the NWS reported. The heavy wet snow combined with wind gusts up to 25 miles per hour could down limbs and power lines.

Gov. Chris Christie declared a state of emergency ahead of the storm, calling for state offices to close Thursday and for all non-essential employees to stay home.

"I encourage all New Jerseyans to drive carefully and remain off the roads if possible so that our first responders and public safety officials can safely respond to any emergency situations," Christie said in a statement.

The state's stormiest winter in years has already taken its toll on local school district calendars and road treatment supplies.

Fort Lee is one school district considering holding classes on the weekend to make up the lost time, while further west in Hopatcong, officials are warning drivers because a "substantial amount of grit" had to be mixed with road salt due to a widespread shortage impacting many New Jersey municipalities.

How do the conditions look in your neighborhood? Have you had enough of all this snow? Tell us in the comments. (Note: this post is shared across Patch sites in northern New Jersey).
Rosemary February 13, 2014 at 06:52 PM
all you idiots don't know what you are talking about enjoy the blizzard
John Santaella February 13, 2014 at 07:04 PM
It seems Rosemary that you are the enlightened one. Shed some light on the rest of us. All my shoveling has been done as of 4 this afternoon. Now I just need a heating pad. In the meantime Rosemary please show us the way.
Resident25 February 13, 2014 at 08:30 PM
With her debating skills and short fuse I doubt that Rosemary is representative of any group. She just wants the malls open so she can shop 7 days a week. What a rich life.
John Santaella February 13, 2014 at 10:56 PM
She doesn't want to shop 7 days a week. She wants to sell 7 days a week.
jojo February 13, 2014 at 11:43 PM
Stargazer, if you are still around, what beet juice concoction? Don't know if this town, Bloomfield, has salt but all the stores have been out since the last snowfall, so all ice under this anyway, no where to put this new snow. Was trying to find good substitute for salt, haven't yet, so interested in beet juice lead, don't have any, will have to dig way out to get some, think this is a Catch 22.

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