SPARTA, 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 Sparta Police Department report few weather related incidents.
Sparta officers responded to seven accidents, four motor vehicle incidents and 11 disabled vehicles during the storm. There were also four parking complaints. No injuries were reported.
“It appears residents heeded the warning to stay home,” said Sparta Police Sgt Dennis Proctor.
JCP&L reported no power outages in the region. This was confirmed by Sparta’s Police Sgt Proctor.
Sparta 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. Street parking is restricted while there is snow on the road. The relevant ordinances also prohibit snow from being plowed or shoveled into the street.
Additionally, if there is a fire hydrant near or on your property it is recommended that residents clear the snow away to allow access for firefighters. The home you same could be your own.
Locally, the 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.