Newspaper article The Record (Bergen County, NJ)

Drivers, Beware

Newspaper article The Record (Bergen County, NJ)

Drivers, Beware

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Drivers in North Jersey faced a slippery commute through the morning hours today, as the National Weather Service warned of hazardous travel with no appreciable thaw on ice-covered roads after a deep-freeze night with temperatures in the low teens.

"Travel will be hazardous," weather service meteorologist David Stark said. "Any standing water will freeze. Even though there will be a full complement of sunshine in the morning, it will still be cold, and there is a good chance of black ice in many places."

The next time there is any chance of a thaw will be on Wednesday, "for a brief window in the morning, when the temperature will rise to the mid- to upper 30s," Stark said, but after that it will drop back into the 20s.

Full salt deliveries from suppliers in Port Newark were expected to resume today, Bergen County Public Works Director Ray Dressler said, giving the county all the salt it needs to distribute to all 70 municipalities.

Stark said passing flurries overnight were expected to leave a dusting of snow on earlier accumulations that ranged from 6 to 10 inches across North Jersey, with the possibility of more in western Passaic County.

NJ Transit said its Bergen-Hudson Light Rail service was suspended through Monday evening because of heavy icing conditions on overhead catenary wires, and it cautioned that the service might be suspended today. Limited bus service was provided between light rail stations.

The carrier planned a regular evening rush hour schedule on its commuter rail system and bus lines, but urged customers to watch weather conditions carefully and check with njtransit.com for any changes.

NJTransit said it would cross-honor tickets and passes throughout its system through today, to give customers additional travel options during and after the storm.

The storm left nearly 10 inches of snow in Ramsey and 10 1/2 inches in Wantage, said Bob Ziff of North Jersey Weather Observers, a consulting organization.

Schools across North Jersey were closed for the day on Monday, including in Teaneck, Saddle Brook, Hackensack, Garfield, North Arlington, Fairview, Wayne, Ringwood, Rutherford, Lodi, Fair Lawn, Bogota, Ridgewood, Emerson, Hillsdale, Leonia and Lyndhurst. …

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