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Winter Storm Knocks Out Power, Disrupts Travel In New Jersey

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TRENTON, N.J. (CBSNewYork/AP) — A winter medley of snow, ice and freezing rain knocked out power to thousands of customers, caused massive delays on mass transit and made driving dangerous for commuters in New Jersey on Wednesday.

Spotters are reporting nearly 9 inches of snow fell in Wantage, in Sussex County, and there was 5 inches in Butler, in Morris County.

A winter weather advisory remains in effect until 10 a.m. Thursday for Bergen, Essex, Passaic, Union and Hudson counties.

The winter weather caused major problems on NJ TRANSIT on Wednesday morning. Northeast Corridor and North Jersey Coast Line service was suspended twice, for 90 minutes and then for nearly two hours, because of icy overhead wire conditions.

Meanwhile, 53 percent of flights scheduled to depart from Newark Liberty International Airport were canceled Wednesday.

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As of 6:30 p.m., roughly 29,000 homes and businesses in New Jersey were still without electricity because the icy storm that’s caused power lines and tree limbs to snap.

The state’s largest utility, PSE&G, was reporting 25,400 customers were without service then, mostly in Mercer County.

The utility said it was bringing in 200 line personnel from Canada, Pennsylvania and New Jersey to assist with service restoration. Customers can report outages by calling PSE&G at 800-436-7734 or by logging into “My Account” on pseg,com.

Click here to check outages in your area.

JCP&L and Atlantic City Electric also had thousands of customers without power.

Meanwhile, crews responded to a water main break at Clifton and Bloomfield avenues in Newark. The main broke around 4:30 a.m., sending water down an eight-block stretch. None of the businesses in the area experienced flooding or damage, CBS 2’s Scott Rapoport reported.

Mayor Luis Quintana said water is safe to drink and use. The cause of the water main break is still under investigation.

Glen Rock was like a lot of weather-worn Tri-State towns Wednesday — cloaked in cold, irked by ice, awash in white.

“I think I’ve had enough,” one man told CBS 2’s Scott Rapoport.

“It’s been a nightmare,” one woman said. “This is the year I wish I had the snowblower.”

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