TRENTON, N.J. (CBSNewYork/AP) — Most New Jersey residents spent the better part of Friday digging out their cars and shoveling walkways following a winter storm that dropped up to 10 inches of snow in some areas and ushered in bitterly cold temperatures rarely seen in the region.
Plenty of employers told workers to stay home as slick roads and blowing snow made for a treacherous commute where speeds were slow and some vehicles still spun into ditches or got stuck in snowbanks.
One New Jersey Transit bus slid backward down an icy hill in Paterson and crashed into a carpet store. The driver was the only person on the bus and she sustained minor injuries.
Gov. Chris Christie ordered nonessential state workers to stay home for the day. State offices and courthouses were closed Friday, as well as municipal offices in several towns.
“I encourage all New Jerseyans to stay off the roads if possible so that our first responders and public safety officials can safely respond to any emergency situations,” Christie said earlier.
Many communities also closed schools Friday. In Ho-Ho-Kus, one little boy took advantage of the snow day and braved the frigid temperatures to go sledding.