HASBROUCK HEIGHTS, NJ -- The power of Winter Storm Avery was underestimated by weather forecasters and officials locally and throughout the state. The storm brought upwards of seven inches of snow in Bergen County, starting early Thursday afternoon lasting into the night and was topped off by a layer of sleet and rain.
According to the National Weather Service, some of the highest snow totals, over seven inches, were in northern Bergen County, including Westwood at 7.8 inches, Allendale with 7.5 inches, and Englewood Cliffs and Franklin Lakes each getting 7.2 inches. Teterboro Airport registered 1.47 inches of rain as of Friday morning.
A quick look at the Hasbrouck Heights Police Department blotter for Thursday shows over 30 weather-related calls, starting just after 3 p.m. Calls came in for motor vehicle accidents, disabled vehicles, tractor trailers being stuck, cars with flat tires and some that just ran out of gas. Even the DPW wasn't immune from the storm with two calls for disabled vehicles. Calls also came in for help from Moonachie, Wood-Ridge, Hackensack, and Teterboro.
Hasbrouck Heights and Wood-Ridge Fire Departments responded along with the Lodi Fire Department to a car fire on Route 46 in Lodi. Back in Hasbrouck Heights, a tractor trailer got stuck trying to climb Passaic Avenue coming from Lodi.
Vehicles got stuck trying to traverse hilly streets including Henry Street, Williams Avenue, Franklin Avenue, and Passaic Street. On social media, there were stories of strangers pushing out drivers stuck in the snow.
The NJSIAA sectional final football game scheduled for Friday night between Hasbrouck Heights and Malcolm X Shabazz was postponed until Saturday as Newark Public Schools were closed.
In a press conference Friday morning from Woodbridge, Governor Murphy said the state had 1,800 pieces of equipment on the road, including plows and spreaders. As of Friday morning, he indicated that there had been "just under 1,000 accidents, and just under 1,900 motorist aid requests. There was also one death reported.
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