Anyone who lives on the East Coast knows we got buried under a thick blanket of the fresh powdery stuff last night, but for those with travel plans, this winter wonderland is a bit of a nightmare. Over 1,400 flights were canceled in the New York Metro area and a state of emergency has been declared in NJ.
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Mother Nature dumped well over 18 inches of snow on some areas of the region and while it’s pretty to look at, it’s not exactly safe. Over 100 accidents have been reported on the Garden State Parkway and the NJ Turnpike. Looking to travel? Forget it. In New York City, rail service was suspended out of Penn Station as well as Amtrak to Boston and the LIRR. There are system wide NJ Transit delays. To make matters worse, area airports, including JFK airport, are closed until later today.
In order to keep residents safe, a state of emergency in NJ has been put in place. Acting Governor of New Jersey, Stephen M. Sweeney, released this statement last night:
It is vital that police and public works crews are able to do their jobs. I urge all residents to take this declaration and this storm seriously, and to stay safe, stay home and stay off the roads. We will continue to monitor this storm with the help of our State Police and transportation officials.
If you’re affected by the state of emergency NJ, stay off the roads and go make a snowman with your kids.