PATERSON, NJ - NJ Transit announced it would suspend all bus service in northern New Jersey starting at 8 pm on Friday. The agency also is shutting down some rail lines, but not the trains that serve Paterson.

Meanwhile, city road crews were fully deployed Friday in an effort to keep Paterson streets safe as  a winter storm moved into northern New Jersey.

"We're out there doing our best,'' said Public Works Director Christopher Coke. "We're salting and plowing.''

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By 4 pm, several inches had fallen in parts of Paterson. But even as the flakes fell, meteorologists were still not sure how hard the storm would hit the region. Some forecasts projected the Paterson area would get eight to 10 inches by Saturday.

"We're advising people to stay off the streets,'' Coke said on Friday afternoon. "It's going to get worse.''

City education officials closed schools early on Friday, and canceled all after-school and weekend events. The Passaic County Tournament basketball games have been postponed until Monday.

Meanwhile, NJ Transit will cross-honor tickets on Friday, allowing customers to use any of its three modes - train, bus or light rail. Numerous flights to and from Newark Liberty International Airport have been canceled.

The New Jersey Department of Transportation has more than 2,000 snow fighting vehicles deployed statewide. will provide other storm information affecting Patersonians as it becomes available.