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Late Season Storm Hampers Passaic Valley Area

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A late-season storm wrecked havoc on the Northeast corridor of the U.S. today, bringing with it sleet and more than a foot of snow to many locations throughout the tri-state area. Whiteout conditions brought much of the state to a halt, closing down businesses, school districts and postal services.

The storm knocked power out in many places. Thousands of flights were grounded at airports. Vehicular accidents were reported throughout various roadways.

On Monday, the day before the impending winter storm, Gov. Christie declared a state of emergency in New Jersey, which sustained well over a foot of snow throughout many parts of the state. In Passaic Valley. many residents shoveled their way out of being snowed under, but strong winds made any task outdoors challenging.

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A blizzard warning remained in effect until 6 p.m. The storm comes after a mild February where many residents thought the worst of winter season was behind them.

In Woodland Park, Mayor Keith Kazmark said local police, fire and emergency medical personnel have been on stand-by since early this morning in the event of an emergency.

"The Woodland Park Police Department did a great job in getting vehicles parked on the legal side," said Kazmark. "Our Department of Public Works crew has been out since 3 a.m clearing the roadways. We range from eight to ten inches, all the way up to 14 inches in the higher elevations of the town."

Kazmark added that the borough experienced a plow breakdown but it was fitted with a new plow and is back in service.

"At this point we are strongly enforcing the ordinance relative to snow being thrown or blown back into roadways," he added. "We're trying to get down to pure blacktop as much of this will freeze tonight."

Little Falls Mayor James Damiano said the snow accumulations totals also varied throughout the township, with as much as six to eight inches in some areas and up to 14 plus inches in other areas.

"Little Falls experienced a plow breakdown earlier today and I believe that Woodland Park also did," Damiano explained. "Most, if not all of the local roads in the township are down to the blacktop."

According to local police dispatchers, Woodland Park experienced no major problems with vehicles on the roadways. In Little Falls, several disabled vehicles were reported.

Schools were closed throughout the Passaic Valley today and will be closed as well tomorrow due to expected icing to occur overnight.

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