BUTLER, NJ — Not only were many parts of the Tri-state region under a winter storm warning on Monday, a swath of six counties in the central and northern sections of New Jersey had snow fall so strongly that the National Weather Service issued a special weather statement for them. It warned that snowfall at a rate of an inch per hour would fall at times on Monday afternoon, and into the night.
Parts of Hunterdon, Morris, Sussex, Somerset, Monmouth and Middlesex counties bore the brunt of the snowfall, as one resident of the area pointed out
"Eight inches, I heard," said Butler resident Pam Maggio, "Unfortunately."
Her assessment, which she'd made as she shoveled out her driveway here, is consistent with many weather models.
New Jersey Department of Transportation plow crews and local plow teams had their work cut out for them, as snow fell steadily all day. Homeowners, including John Varga, had a tough go as well. Varga and his stepson shoveled out their long driveway. He said that he's seen many snowstorms, and can often predict their outcomes. This one, however, was somewhat exceptional.
"I didn't think we were going to get this much," Varga told PIX11 News. "So I was wrong."
The depth of the snow paralleled power outages in the Garden State. In the northwest of the state, in Warren and Sussex Counties, where some of the heaviest snow fell, about 19,000 customers lost power. In one community, Stillwater Township, 98 percent of customers were without power at nightfall Monday, according to the utility JCPL.
It also reported that more than 98 percent of its New Jersey customers had power.
Meanwhile, residents in the north Jersey area struck a theme in saying how they would handle the snowfall.
"My tomorrow is work from home," said Linny Flack.
She was among many people who spoke with PIX11 News who said that they would not go out on the roads -- or out of their homes -- after the snow stopped falling early Tuesday morning.
"I'm happy," said Susannah Ruesta, as she and her toddler daughter drove out of a diner parking lot. "I'm a teacher, and we're going to have a snow day."
Monday actually was a snow day for a lot of students in north Jersey, following Sunday's snow and ice. On Tuesday, northern and northwestern New Jersey schools are highly likely to be closed as well. However, not every child was pleased.
"We only get five snow days," said one fifth grade girl, in her front yard here, building an igloo with her sister and friends. "So if we get too many days off," she continued, "it could shorten spring break. And it's the start of winter, too."
Temperatures are expected to rise above freezing for most of the week, which should melt much of the snow in the Tri-state region.