Nor’easter Impacts In Summit: School Closed Thur., Snow Continues

Caren Lissner

SUMMIT, NJ – A “major" nor'easter hit the Summit area on Wednesday starting around 4 p.m. Schools went remote and forecasts called for as much as a foot to fall overnight.

Here are some local impacts:


Schools were closed Thursday, and expected to start remote instruction on Friday through mid-January.

Forecast specifically for Summit:

The Accuweather forecast specifically for Summit called for total accumulation by Thursday of 8-12 inches, and flurries Thursday morning.

Spotters in towns throughout New Jersey recorded snow totals, including one in nearby Cranford. Read more: Snow Totals, Town-By-Town, For Nor'easter On Wednesday And Thursday

Update on the streets:

On Wednesday evening, the city of Summit Tweeted updates. They asked residents to keep their cars off the streets so they could plow. Read more here.

City of Summit closures and changes:

The Department of Community Services will remain closed on Thursday, Dec. 17. DCS will reopen on Friday, Dec. 18 for essential business only. For more information on essential business services, go to

Recycling pickup has been rescheduled for Friday, Dec. 18. Please do not place items curbside on Wednesday and wait until plows have cleared roadways before placing items at the curb on Thursday evening for Friday pickup.

Household trash collection for Thursday, Dec. 17 has been rescheduled for Saturday, Dec. 19. Please clear a path and remove snow for crews to safely access garbage cans.

The Municipal Transfer Station will be closed on Thursday, Dec. 17.
Snow removal guidelines are available at"

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Here were the expected snow totals statewide:

State officials said they have more than 400 pieces of road equipment available to make the roads safe, even though fewer people are taking to the roads because of the coronavirus outbreak. Read more: Gov. Murphy Declares State Of Emergency For NJ Nor'easter Snow

AccuWeather was saying the system could be the "most significant winter storm in several years," one that could potentially become highly impactful and disruptive as the first round of coronavirus vaccines continue to be shipped around the country.

AccuWeather warned of major disruptions to travel and even travel shutdowns, as well as shipping delays, school closings and power outages from this "blockbuster storm," – even though a number of New Jersey school districts have said they'll opt to go remote instead of closing.

This was the forecast statewide:

  • Wednesday night: Snow or rain before 1 a.m., then snow and sleet between 1 a.m. and 2 a.m., then snow after 2 a.m. The snow, rain and sleet could be heavy at times. Low around 27. Blustery, with a northeast wind 20 to 25 mph, with gusts as high as 45-55 mph. Chance of precipitation is 100%. New snow and sleet accumulation of 4 to 8 inches possible.

  • Thursday: Snow or rain likely, mainly before 11 a.m. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 35. Breezy, with a north wind 15 to 20 mph decreasing to 5 to 10 mph in the afternoon. Winds could gust as high as 35 to 55 mph. Chance of precipitation is 60 percent. New snow accumulation of around an inch possible.

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This article originally appeared on the Summit Patch