WEST ORANGE, NJ -- A full day after the township was beset by icy roads and falling branches when heavy rains turned to sleet on Tuesday, West Orange was still dealing with dangerous travel Wednesday afternoon and early evening.
"Both fire and police have been handling a high amount of weather related issues," West Orange Township spokesman Joe Fagan said on Wednesday.
On Tuesday, a tree and live wires came down on Hillcrest Avenue, forcing closure of that road late in the afternoon.
Authorities reported several major and secondary roads were impassable Tuesday night due to downed power lines, limbs, and trees with another 80 resident calls in. West Orange school had a 90-minute delayed opening on Wednesday.
And while the weather forecast for late Wednesday sounded more benign, with just a chance of snow showers but no freezing precipitation, roads remained treacherous and dotted with patches of black ice.
Breaking News Network was reporting a three-car accident late Wednesday, shortly before 5 p.m., on Eagle Rock and Mountain avenues, with one vehicle on its side. Injuries were reported with that accident, but there was no word on the number or the extent of the injuries.
There were two accidents on Moore Terrace Wednesday afternoon. In one of them, a car slid down the hill and capsized as the driver was attempting to turn off onto a side street. No injuries were reported in either of those incidents.
Another hazard as the temperature dips below the freezing mark Wednesday evening is tree branches that have been weighted down by ice that has not yet melted. Those branches, and some trees themselves, could be susceptible to coming down, as the forecast calls for winds that could gust up to 35 mph.