SPARTA, NJ – The effects of Friday’s Winter Storm Riley are still being felt in Sparta, Sparta schools will be closed on Monday, March 5. The high school production of Mary Poppins will take place Sunday as planned. 

The Sussex County Office of Emergency Management "strongly advised" all districts to close on Monday.  The notification cited significant power loss, many downed  trees and power line, as well as issues related to drinking water in some towns. "Complicating these problems are difficult and in some cases impossible travel conditions for buses and cars expected tomorrow," the notification said.

According to JCP&L more than 879 people remain without power.  In several areas trees are down, having taken powerlines down with them.  JCP&L estimates power will be restored by 11:30 p.m. on Tuesday, March 6. 

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According to Sparta police  several roads remain closed:

  • Summit Road/Summit Trail Intersection
  • Houses Corner Road by the Y intersection with West Mountain Rd.
  • North Shore Trail
  • McCloud Lane

Sparta Police say the following have low hanging wires and will not allow a bus to pass:

  • Lake Grinnel Lane
  • Underrock Closer to Glen
  • Conestoga in area of 156.
  • West Mountain near Dahn wires on side of road but are passable.

With so many in the dark, Sparta has opened two Go2Stations for residents to get warm and charge phones and other devices.  The warming station at Sparta Town Hall and the Sparta Library are open.  The library will close at 9 p.m. and the town hall will remain open 24/7.

Sussex County Office of Emergency Management has announce the Sussex County Vocational School at 105 North Church Road in Sparta will be opened as a warming/charging station from noon until 8 p.m. Showers are also available.  Residents need to bring their own hygiene products, according to the county OEM.

For people outside of Sparta, local police can direct residents to area warming stations.  Information is also available at NJ 211 or by dialing 211.

Countywide JCP&L said 21,547 customers, approximately 37 percent, are without power.  Every customer in Sandyston  and Walpack and 99 percent of the customers in Stillwater and Branchville are without power as of Sunday afternoon, according to JCP&L.

The National Weather Service is predicting additional snow for the area beginning on Tuesday night, stretching into Wednesday night.  Predicted snow fall totals are not yet available.