HEWITT, N.J. (CBSNewYork) — It looked like a winter wonderland Friday in parts of New Jersey.
CBS2’s John Elliott was in Hewitt, where there were about 3 inches of snow on the ground.
He said it was heavy, wet snow — perfect for making snowballs.
Elliott spoke with one man who recently opened a pizza shop in town.
“I’ve been trying to open this pizzeria for about a year now, and our first week, our first Friday we have snow,” he said, adding orders are still coming in.
There was enough snow for drivers to go slow with their headlights aglow in Vernon Township.
Depending on elevation, some people in the tri-state area got a blanket of white or a wintry mix.
More cold is coming.
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“I have real mixed feelings ’cause sometimes I love it, but when it’s all slushy, then I really hate it,” one woman told CBS2’s Dave Carlin.
“A little dread, I would say, but the first snow is always gorgeous here. We enjoy it,” Vernon resident Mark Buruchian said.
For many, plans for this chilly Friday night include getting a fireplace going.
“Stay warm and watch a movie. We’re used to this,” Buruchian said.
In parts of New Jersey, the first snow is welcome; businesses depend on a good ski season.
“I really hope there will be a lot of snow and maybe this is sh owing that we’ll have a good snow season,” West Milford resident Linda Liaukus said. “Last year was not good. We didn’t have uch snow, so the skiing was not good.”
Gina Dobrowolski, owner of Vernon’s Daily Bean Cafe, was whipping up hot cocoas for tourists Hazel Day, Tulia Day and Kara Rosenberg.
“It’s my birthday today and I love the snow,” Hazel Day said. “We just went horseback riding.”
They said the snowfall this early feels like a picturesque novelty.
Give it time to turn into a lasting pain.
“We are stuck in the house and when we want to go out, it’s not warm,” one woman said. “So I prefer the summer.”
In addition to snow, flooding was a concern in some parts of the state as heavy rain continued to fall.
Next up: A major drop in temperatures overnight.
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