SOUTH PLAINFIELD, NJ – A wild and wicked winter storm wreaked havoc all along the Eastern seaboard, resulting in downed trees, flooding and a number of accidents. In South Plainfield, yesterday’s snow and ice gave way to both heavy rain and winds. The heavy winds and rain have resulted in localized flooding and downed trees.

A home just off of Joan Street suffered considerable damage when the rain and heavy winds toppled a tree on top of a roof. Early this morning a motorist slide while making a left-hand turn on to Lane Avenue and plowed into the front flower boxes and bulkhead in front of Flanagan’s Family Restaurant. There were no reported injuries in the early morning accident, but the area remains roped off with caution tape. Flanagan’s building is open for business.

The storm, which is named by The Weather Channel as Winter Storm Olympia, began dumping snow yesterday afternoon in the New York metropolitan area. The snow switched over to sleet and rain around 6:30 p.m. yesterday after approximately 2 inches of snow fell on South Plainfield. Temperatures rose throughout the night and the small snow accumulations were reduced to slush by morning.

South Plainfield Public Schools operated on a 90-minute delayed opening as crews worked to clear roads, parking lots and sidewalks. By mid-morning all of yesterday’s snow was washed away, and the main concern switched from being slick roads to high winds and flooding. South Plainfield remains under a Flood Advisory until 5:15 p.m.