NEWTON, NJ – The first snow storm of the season, named Jonas, set or came close to many single day snowfall records throughout the Mid-Atlantic States. For such a big storm, the Newton Police Department report few weather related incidents.
Newton officers responded to a minor accident on Saturday morning at the intersection of Trinity Street, Water Street and Mill Street, “due to road conditions.” No injuries were reported.
Two other vehicles became disabled due to road conditions. They were “assisted by patrol and able to continue.”
None of the seven medical calls the Newton police received were weather related, according to police.
JCP&L reported no power outages in the region. This was confirmed by Newton Police Chief Richards.
Newton residents are reminded of local ordinances requiring sidewalks to be cleared of snow or treated with “sand, ice melting materials or other suitable grit” within 12 hours of daylight after the snowfall.
Additionally, if there is a fire hydrant near or on your property town ordinance requires the property owner to clear the snow away to allow access for firefighters. The home you same could be your own.
Two Newton residents posted comments on the TAP into Newton facebook page about neighbors clearing their sidewalks without even being asked.
Carol Nikki Pruett Peterson said, “Something wonderful about small town living! Neighbors came to clear my walk and driveway. Sadly, I don't know their names, but I will soon... when I deliver homemade cookies and brownies.”
Patrick Boland added, “That is a good feeling. I use to clean the snow off my next door neighbors walks and driveway. Since I got the cancer and can no longer do it myself my neighbors have been coming over clearing the snow. Funny thing is we never asked them for any help. They just plain did it. I have some pretty good neighbors.”
Locally, the only official snow total registered with the National Weather Service for Sussex County were:
- Stockholm - 16 inches,
- Hardyston - 15.6 inches,
- Andover - 15.5 inches,
- Sparta - 15.1 inches
- Highland Lakes - 14.7 inches,
- Vernon - 14 inches,
- Montague Township - 10.5
- Wantage Twonship - 8.2
Winds were often in excess of 30 mph, leading to blowing and drifting snow and low visibility.
The Weather Channel reports Morris Plains had the record high total for New Jersey with 30 inches.