WESTFIELD, NJ – A “major" nor'easter hit the Westfield area on Wednesday starting around 4 p.m. Schools went remote and forecasts called for as much as a foot to fall overnight.
Schools were to go remote for Thursday morning, with the afternoon session canceled, and are expected to resume regular instruction on Friday.
The DPW began plowing around 10 p.m., and residents were told to stay off the roads:
Winter Storm Update: December 16, 10:00PMThe DPW has begun plowing operations. Residents are reminded to stay off the roads unless travel is absolutely necessary, and to remove all cars from the street.
— Town of Westfield (@TownOfWestfield) December 17, 2020
Forecast specifically for Westfield
The Accuweather forecast specifically for Westfield called for a storm total of 8-12 inches, with 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
Mayor Shelley Brindle said Tuesday in an update:
"Public Works will begin pre-treating roadways throughout Town Wednesday morning in anticipation of the storm. As a reminder, parking is prohibited on any street in Westfield when three or more inches of snow have fallen, until snowfall stops and the entire width of the road has been plowed. Under these circumstances, the shoveling or blowing of snow into a plowed street is also banned. Downtown residents who have "Nite Owl" permits are permitted to park in the long term spaces in Lot #4 (behind Baron's Drugs) during snow events.
"The list of all winter weather parking rules, including alternate side parking areas, is posted on our website.
"The DPW typically begins plowing once three inches of snow have accumulated. In just one pass through Town, they plow 400 miles of travel lanes, shoulders and parking lots. Please be patient as they complete the necessary work to safely clear the roadways. Please stay off the roads while plowing is underway, remove your cars from the streets, and be sure that all sidewalks are cleared within 24 hours after the snow has stopped falling."
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Here were the expected snow totals:
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.
Here is 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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