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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).
Windrunner February 13, 2014 at 03:09 AM
why aren't we trying out that beet juice concoction they've developed, save on rock salt costs?
Tracy Tobin February 13, 2014 at 06:31 AM
Washington Township Morris County DPW received a shipment of road salt and has adequate supplies on hand for this storm. Our town DPW is evaluating "slurry mix" as a more effective means of dealing with ice and snow storms.
John Santaella February 13, 2014 at 08:46 AM
Ask a sailor what a 'noreaster' is.
Rosemary February 13, 2014 at 09:28 AM
I represent Modernize Bergen County and we are trying to get of the blue laws. Now the stores are going to stay closed on Sundays even in this storm?!
Tracey February 13, 2014 at 09:47 AM
Blue Laws are good. Deal with it.
Barry Black February 13, 2014 at 11:04 AM
Welcome to Sochi West!
Rosemary February 13, 2014 at 11:04 AM
I am dealing with it that is why I am trying to open all stores in Bergen County. You deal with it.
John Santaella February 13, 2014 at 11:07 AM
Barry, let's try to get a Winter Olympics in the Meadowlands.
John Santaella February 13, 2014 at 11:08 AM
A fools errand IMO Rosemary but you're certainly entitled to try.
Rosemary February 13, 2014 at 11:11 AM
thanks for your optimism
Rosemary February 13, 2014 at 11:12 AM
Barry Sochi is a good way to label this blizzard
Resident25 February 13, 2014 at 11:43 AM
Rosemary. You can shop online 24/7 from your home. You have an extraordinary need for retail therapy.
Resident25 February 13, 2014 at 11:43 AM
Modernize your life with online shopping
Windrunner February 13, 2014 at 12:04 PM
I'm not Bergen county but have friends there- you got too much apathy about repealing your blue laws, rosemary, thanks to the Nanuet shopping plaza and other easy rides. good luck though
Rosemary February 13, 2014 at 12:13 PM
I do use online services but some people don't have computers like senior citizens. Can't afford the gas prices to go shopping with a car would like to walk and shop on Sundays just like everybody else in New Jersey
Resident25 February 13, 2014 at 01:57 PM
Don't hide behind the seniors. My mother can shop 6 days a week. She is not interested in changing the Blus Laws. She also is quite proficient on the computer, online shopping is a no-brainer.
John Santaella February 13, 2014 at 02:03 PM
The 'senior' thing is a red herring.
Rosemary February 13, 2014 at 02:21 PM
yeah what about all the people who work 6 days a week when must they do their shopping at midnight?!
John Santaella February 13, 2014 at 02:31 PM
Rosemary, the referundums we've had on this issue were not voted by people who only work 5 days a week. Take a vacation; you've earned it.
Resident25 February 13, 2014 at 03:08 PM
If you work 6 days a week and need to shop at midnight then you really need online shopping. Stores will not be open for you. You can even get your groceries delivered!
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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