Most NJ Transit service remains suspended Thursday morning
New Jersey is still feeling the impact of the first winter storm of the season on Thursday morning with the suspension of most NJ Transit service and lots of school closings.
"Our nor'easter will finally wind down Thursday morning, although a shower or flurry and breezy conditions will remain possible through early afternoon," Chief Meteorologist Dan Zarrow said.
Many schools canceled classes for the day, although in a 2020 twist on the snow day many still held virtual classes while closing their buildings. Hamilton School Superintendent Scott Rocco tried to have the best of both worlds by holding a one session day of classes followed by fun in the snow.
"Your homework assignment is to go outside and to have fun. Go play in the snow. Help your mother and father shovel the snow, help a neighbor with the snow. Go sledding. Go make a snowman. Go enjoy the snow day," Rocco said in a video posted on the district website.
The jackpot in terms of snow accumulation was in Morris County with 10.4 inches in the Landing section of Roxbury Township in Morris County and Belvidere in Warren County. The Pellettown section of Frankford in Sussex County saw 9.6 inches, with 7 inches in Jackson and Carteret, according to the National Weather Service
Zarrow said the only big concern left is coastal flooding along the Jersey Shore.
"Widespread moderate flooding of tidal waterways is expected Thursday, with water levels up to 2 feet higher than normal. High tide for the oceanfront is around 9 a.m., and along back bays around noon," Zarrow said.
Rail service, bus service in the north and central area of the state, including routes serving the Trenton-area and Port Authority Bus Terminal in New York City, the Newark and Hudson-Bergen Light Rail remained suspended for the Thursday morning commute with no indication of when service will be restored.
"Plans are underway to resume service later this morning," NJ Transit wrote on its Twitter account
PATCO, SEPTA and PATH are on normal schedules.
Commercial Vehicle Ban
All tractor trailers, empty straight CDL-weighted trucks, passenger vehicles pulling trailers, recreational vehicles and motorcycles remain barred from most New Jersey interstates except for the New Jersey Turnpike, Garden State Parkway and Atlantic City Expressway.
Eighty flights scheduled to leave Newark today are canceled, according to FlightAware.com. Over 1,000 flights nationwide are canceled.
Power outages are not as widespread on Thursday morning just over 3,200 JCP&L customers without power mostly in Neptune Twp & Sea Girt) with scattered outages for PSE&G and ACE.
More From Townsquare Media News: