Reporting Christine Sloan
TRENTON, NJ (AP / WCBS 880 / CBS 2) - New Jersey found itself digging out from another major snowstorm Thursday and dealing with canceled flights, closed schools — some for the second day in a row — and slippery roads.
Much of the state received a foot or more of heavy, wet snow in a storm that hovered from Wednesday morning through early Thursday. There were 19 inches in Clifton, 18.9 at Newark Liberty International Airport and a foot in Sicklerville. Only southern stretches of the shore were spared deep accumulations, with North Cape May getting 3.4 inches and North Cape May 1 inch.
Flights resumed at Newark airport at 10 a.m. By midday, NJ Transit bus service has been restored except some local routes in Newark. Trains were running with delays of 10 to 15 minutes.
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More than 1,900 plows and salt spreaders were working to return normalcy to the state’s highways, but travel in some areas was thwarted by disabled vehicles on exit and entrance ramps.
Motorists are urged to be cautious on New Jersey highways as road crews continue to clear snow and ice. The speed limit has been reduced to 35 mph along the New Jersey Turnpike from Interchange 3 to the northen terminus. The speed limit is now 35 mph on the Walt Whitman, Ben Franklin and Betsy Ross Bridges. The speed limit remains at 25 mph on the Commodore Barry Bridge.
Power companies say they’re getting power restored for most New Jersey customers who lost power in the snow storm. By early afternoon, PSEG was reporting outages affected about 2,000 scattered homes and business, Jersey Central Power & Light more than 1,000 and Atlantic City Electric fewer than 600. The total of under 4,000 is about half the peak number of outages Thursday morning.
Chunks of ice on the Hudson River briefly shut down a New York Waterway commuter ferry with 20 passengers on board, one day after an overheated engine disabled another boat owned by the company.
It wasn’t all misery in the Garden State.
As mentioned earlier, Clifton was one of the hardest hit areas. And while everyone is pretty fed up with all the snow, CBS 2’s Cindy Hsu spent the day with some amazing people who are helping each other get through the aftermath together.
Snow lovers like Mark Bigica helped give other parents a break, taking his son and buddies sledding after his night shift at work.
“Not everybody’s fortunate to be home, you know? One parent especially now today with the economy,” Bigica said.
Hsu found Michael Sheldon and his 30-year-old snow blower clearing the sidewalks for his Belleville neighbors.
“People here are really good neighbors. We all look out for each other. A lot of my neighbors are elderly, or they have young families, and I know they’re really hard pressed, especially with the weather,” Sheldon said.
Hsu also met some teenage entrepreneurs hard at work.
“When there’s snow I feel like working helping out with people that need it. It gives you money, too,” 15-year-old Juan Abreu said.