NEW JERSEY (CBSNewYork) — New Jersey is in a state of emergency due to the powerful winter storm impacting our area.
Along 46 East in Parsippany the snow was falling so fast you could barely see the roadway, CBS2’s Lisa Rozner reported.READ MORE: Gov. Cuomo Says He Will Not Resign Amid Sexual Harassment Allegations: 'I Never Touched Anyone Inappropriately'
There were at least 10 cars disabled and three accidents in Parsippany alone Monday.
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Amidst the quickly accumulating snow and strong wind, some drivers had to pull over and dig out.
Every hour brings around two inches of snow, according to Parsippany Mayor Michael Soriano.
“Almost as soon as we plow it, it’s covered again. So we have to stay on top of it constantly,” Soriano said.
Sewer and parks department employees are part of the 45 crews covering the town’s 200 miles of roadway.
“78 was a mess, and 287 were a mess, plus the conditions are – as the snow has picked up, it’s a whiteout,” said Parsippany resident Kevin Smith.
As of 3:00 p.m., we have responded to 583 motor vehicle crashes and 839 motorist aids in NJSP patrolled areas since 6:00 p.m. Sunday.
Motorist aids can be anything from flat tires, mechanical breakdowns, spin outs, etc. We urge residents to remain off of the roads. pic.twitter.com/hcj5SyoDrW
— NJSP – State Police (@NJSP) February 1, 2021
By Monday afternoon, New Jersey State Police had already responded to almost 583 car crashes and nearly 839 motorists needing help.
The Lakewood News Service reported a crash earlier Monday in Freehold.
WHOA! Earlier in Freehold. (Credit: Perfect Collision) pic.twitter.com/VzuG2T4KZc
— Lakewood News Network (@LakewoodNewsNet) February 1, 2021
Mobile 2 showed anyone driving on Route 17 had a slow go, and on Route 4 as well.
The treacherous conditions are why Empire Diner owner Bobby Shizas tucked in at his restaurant just before midnight Sunday.READ MORE: Road To Reopening: New York City Arts And Entertainment Venues Allowed To Reopen At 33% Capacity Beginning April 2
“I sleep here overnight. I don’t go home,” he said.
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But customers trickled out as the snow accumulated into the afternoon Monday.
“Just a snow day tradition, I guess. You know – and we like it here,” said Parsippany resident Paul Card.
With hours to go before the worst was over, some Bergen County residents were already digging out, CBS2’s Nick Caloway reported Monday night.
Others used the blast of snow as an excuse to dust off their sleds and conquer a hill in Ridgewood.
“Kids are loving it. No school. They love it,” said Kyle Ricketts. “I shoveled for about three hours today. So, I’m kind of loving it. But it’s good for the exercise.”
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More than a foot of snow – and counting – created chaos for drivers who spent the day trying not to get stuck.
“I mean, this is pretty incredible. I know I’ve been stuck out there twice already today. The Ridgewood Police Department had to bail me out on one of them,” said Marcello Bustamante.
Snow plows are running around the clock. And they’re still barely keeping up.
“We’re close to two feet of snow in some areas of the county right now. And that’s a pretty big snowstorm here,” said Bergen County Executive James Tedesco.
Tedesco said too many people are on the roads under a state of emergency.
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“People should not be out. They should not be out. That’s what it means. Unless you have to go to a hospital, or unless you need something that’s critical to your life or your family’s life from a health standpoint, you should be staying home,” Tedesco said.
CBS2’s Lisa Rozner and Nick Caloway contributed to this report.MORE NEWS: Caught On Camera: Asian Man Brutally Beaten At Lower East Side Subway Station
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