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North Jersey: Snow Causes Power Outages, Traffic Delays, Closings

Traffic on Route 17 and 208 severely impacted by 'historic snowfall'

Saturday's unusual snowstorm created dangerous conditions for New Jersey residents and left 200,000 without power as trees crumble beneath the weight of snow, making many roads impassable and dangerous.

"I would urge everybody to get home and stay home and allow emergency workers to take care of problems that have arisen,"  Paramus Mayor Richard LaBarbiera said Saturday afternoon.

His statements echoed those from many municipalities in Bergen County.

Residents in Glen Rock were warned to "stay indoors and refrain from driving" by a reverse 911 call sent just after 4 p.m.

The New Jersey State Police have confirmed closures or partial closures on the following Bergen County roads: 

  • I-287 Southbound, Exit 66 - NJ 17, (MM66.9) , Mahwah Twp, left and center lanes closed - Accident
  • I-80 local lanes Eastbound, Exit 68 - New Jersey Turnpike/I-95, (MM68.2) , Teaneck Twp, right lane closed - Downed tree
  • NJ 93 Both Directions, CR 501/Central Blvd, (MM1.2) , Palisades Park, all lanes closed - Downed tree
  • NJ 93 Both Directions, CR 56/Fort Lee Rd, (MM2.2) , Leonia, all lanes closed and detoured - Downed tree
  • US 9W Both Directions, John St, (MM2.1) , Englewood Cliffs, all lanes closed - Downed wires

Valley Hospital in Ridgewood and Bergen Regional Hospital in Paramus have also lost electricity and are operating on emergency backup generators according State Police. 

Traffic was moving slowly going in both directions on Route 17 and for much of Route 208 south of Fair Lawn.

About 200,000 customers statewide are without power due to the wet, heavy snow and falling tree limbs made heavier by remaining leaves, according to PSE&G.

"Customers should be prepared for potentially lengthy outages," PSE&G said Saturday. "Crews will begin to restore service once the weather conditions improve and it is safe to work on overhead electric lines. The snow and fallen trees have made traveling treacherous."

The National Weather Service on Friday predicted an “historic early season snowstorm” for Northeast New Jersey, as well as the Lower Hudson Valley and Southern Connecticut. The winter weather advisory had been issued for the area through 2 a.m. Sunday, the weather service said.

The NWS also warned that dangerous travel conditions should be expected, including downed trees in the road. The organization warned that power outages could be expected to continue through 5 p.m.

Stay with Patch for the latest updates on the storm.

AMAMOM October 29, 2011 at 07:34 PM
pop, pop, pop, the sound of large limbs falling on the west side. must say it's a little scary. power on and off all afternoon. will be calling the tree men on monday to help clean up the heavy limbs. who would have thought...... a white halloween!
Susan Leigh Valentine October 29, 2011 at 07:48 PM
Here in Glen Rock my lights have been flickering for about 2 hours and all you can hear is the sounds of tree limbs popping, cracking and breaking all around me. It's pretty spooky...lots of large tree branches down on my block and in my front yard.
Marcia Feldman Graham October 29, 2011 at 08:05 PM
new milford a huge branch from a huge tree just crushed the railing of our deck & our entire back yard is tree!! pic to follow!! mg
Keith Jensen October 29, 2011 at 09:13 PM
It is unbelievable outside, beautiful, but frankly dangerous. Our day was cut short knocking on doors and handing out literature due to the storm. Our mission is to demonstrate how we will drop Bergen County's property taxes by nearly a third. Yes. That is exactly what I said, and the article following will quantify just how if you read the attachments. On a day where we are now snowed in, there is never a better Saturday to blast out how Hoboken is still considered poor by Trenton and our current representatives are on record in our District saying our facilities and students are just fine. Consequently, Teaneck must cut school bus routes because of a lack of funds and Fort Lee, hemorrhaging as dangerously overcrowded, resorts to placing kindergarten classes in a former janitor's closet to band-aide the problem. Interesting reading on this snowy day. PATCH wrote an article that explains the clear difference on how we are getting ripped off by allowing such cities like Hoboken, which is still considered an Abbott District, to take our tax dollars. That is the reason why your taxes continue to soar and the level of service become increasingly strained. This is the only year the entire legislature can be turned upside down as everyone is campaigning now. Our opponents feel we should continue to fund Hoboken. Here is the interesting article: http://fortlee.patch.com/articles/fort-lee-republican-state-assembly-candidate-pushes-for-fair-school-funding www.cssjersey.com
Celeste Scavetta October 29, 2011 at 10:57 PM
Half a million in NJ without power. State of emergency already declared in NJ.
VKC October 29, 2011 at 11:01 PM
No power on E Glen Ave (near Valley Hospital) crrraaack is the sound of falling limbs over here. Yikes! Will be cleaning up tomorrow probably clearing up the same number of large limbs as was done after Irene.
miriam pickett October 29, 2011 at 11:49 PM
Can't wait for daylight. The sound of branches falling all around the house is really awful.
Pete October 29, 2011 at 11:52 PM
Was all fun and games in Hillsdale until the falling branches became falling trees, and electrical fires started popping up unattended. Can't leave the block by vehicle due to trees and wires down, and the ominous crack-crack-crack-thud rings on in the background. Just hoping our older trees make it.
irene palatucci October 30, 2011 at 02:12 AM
Lost a beautiful flowering plum tree on my front lawn...half of it is in the street and half on the lawn...tree limbs down all around us and the sound of crack, crack, crack, is really frightening...waiting for the next limb to fall here in Ho-Ho-Kus! Lots of streets closed. What a mess!
Anne Reynolds October 30, 2011 at 03:15 AM
anne reynolds Huge tree limb on Third Street between Oradell Avenue and Hasbrouck Boulevard effectively closing off that portion of Third Street to traffic.
Cluch October 30, 2011 at 05:37 AM
Yeahhhh kid
Lucia Santos October 30, 2011 at 11:32 PM
7:33pm in Wyckoff, NJ. Still no power. I think it is misleading to write an article or for NWS to say that power will be "expected to continue through 5 p.m."
TomS October 31, 2011 at 09:02 PM
Mr. Jensen , on a day of extreme danger where people here are relaying thier fears you chose to do some campaining. Congratulation Mr. Jessen you win the A**hole of the year award for 2011 AND 2012!
William Mays October 31, 2011 at 09:06 PM
Wow, what a cheapass, seriously, get some flyers dude.

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