How Much Snow Did The Nor'easter Bring To The Mahwah Area?

Montana Samuels

MAHWAH, NJ — A "major" nor'easter hit the Mahwah area on Wednesday, producing school closures and bringing snow.

The National Weather Service labeled the "major" system a "nor'easter" since it was expected to produce strong, sustained damaging winds and precipitation over a 24-hour period on Wednesday.

The storm was projected to dump up to a foot of snow in the northern part of the state, making roadways dangerous, and potentially knocking out power for multiple communities.

A foot of snow didn't hit the region Wednesday, though.

Here are the latest snowfalls totals from across the county:

  • Franklin Lakes — 6.6 in.

  • Westwood — 6.5 in.

  • New Milford — 5.7 in.

  • Glen Rock — 5.5. in.

  • Ridgewood — 5.1 in.

  • East Rutherford — 3.3 in.


Power outages haven't posed a problem for the region either.

PSE&G only reports 17 outages in Bergen County, all of them in Haworth.

Ahead of the storm, some things in the township for Thursday were altered, however.

According to the Mahwah Police Department, garbage collection scheduled for Thursday has been postponed to Monday.

Mahwah Schools also closed for Thursday, and hinted at a shift to remote learning Friday.

"Depending on the amount of snow that accumulates Thursday, the resulting road conditions for the morning commute on Friday, and the inability to offer a delayed opening with our current compressed schedules, there may also be a need to engage in a fully remote learning day for Friday," the district wrote.

READ MORE: Mahwah Schools Closed Thursday Amid Nor'easter

Mahwah has positioned itself as a snow day friendly district, making headlines earlier this year after the district announced their collective stance on continuing snow days in 2020.

"Snow days are chances for on-site learners and virtual learners to just be kids by playing in the snow, baking cookies, reading books, and watching a good movie," said Interim Superintendent Leonard Fitts. "These are times for memory-making, and we believe these types of opportunities should remain intact."

The forecast has also impacted county-wide programs.

Bergen County Executive Jim Tedesco announced the county has preemptively canceled COVID-19 testing at Bergen Community College in Paramus for Thursday.

Though testing won't be available Thursday, you can still get tested this week.

READ MORE: Nor'easter Cancels Bergen Community College COVID-19 Testing

Here were expected snow totals:


Officials said there are over 400 pieces of road equipment available for snow clearing efforts to make roads safer, though Gov. Phil Murphy noted during a Wednesday news conference that fewer people are expected on the road due to the coronavirus.

"Because so many people are currently still working from home, and so many students are still on remote learning, we do not anticipate the same after school or rush hour issues that we would otherwise see," Murphy said. "But if you are on the road after the storm conditions have begun, we urge you to please take it slow, and use common sense and caution."

Murphy said the state is also watching the delivery of the new coronavirus vaccine, saying 35 hospitals are supposed to get delivery within the next 24-48 hours.

READ MORE: Gov. Murphy Declares State Of Emergency For NJ Nor'easter Snow

Here is the forecast:

  • Thursday: A 50 percent chance of snow before noon. Cloudy, then gradually becoming mostly sunny, with a steady temperature around 28. Wind chill values between 10 and 20. Blustery, with a north wind 16 to 21 mph decreasing to 10 to 15 mph in the afternoon.

  • Thursday Night: Mostly cloudy, with a low around 17. Wind chill values between 10 and 15. North wind 5 to 7 mph.


This article originally appeared on the Mahwah Patch