Storm Updates: Library Closed, Bus Service Restored
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A powerful winter storm moved into the region Friday, making for dangerous driving and prompting officials to urge residents to stay indoors. Scroll below for the latest storm-related Teaneck news.
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FINAL UPDATE 9 p.m.: The National Weather Service reports 10.4 inches of snow in Bergenfield, with no Teaneck-specific total available. A full list of area snowfall totals is available here.
Officials said the storm led to a series of accidents, but no major incidents.
UPDATE 9 a.m.: The Teaneck Public Library will be closed Saturday, according to Township Manager William Broughton.
There were no power outages or trees down in Teaneck early Saturday, Broughton reported. Statewide, PSE&G said only 16 customers were without service.
NJ Transit also announced bus service had been restored in the region. More information is available at njtransit.com.
UPDATE 9:10 p.m.: Snow is expected to keep falling overnight as high winds move into the area, according to the National Weather Service. Overnight snow accumulation of five to nine inches is possible. Wind gusts up to 37 mph were forecasted into Saturday.
PSE&G had no reported power outages in Teaneck late Friday night and less than 500 customers without service in Bergen County.
The township announced all programs at the Rodda Center were canceled for Saturday.
On the lighter side, Teaneck residents have been sharing their favorite storm photos here.
UPDATE 5:50 p.m.: NJ Transit has announced bus service in the area will shut down at 8 p.m. Friday. Click for full details.
UPDATE 4:30 p.m.: Officials could open the Richard Rodda Community Center as a warming station if the town is hit with widespread power outages, Township Manger William Broughton said Friday.
Broughton stressed the center was ready, but a decision to open the facility would depend on conditions in town. Generators are available for the community center and town hall.
Bergen County Executive Kathleen Donovan said the county was ready to open shelters, but so far has not received any requests from municipal officials.
"If we have a need, we will open them," she said in a briefing.
Township public works crews salted roadways earlier, but are now focused on plowing streets, the town manager said. At least 30 DPW trucks were clearing snow Friday afternoon and crews were set to work through the night.
The worst of the storm is expected to hit Friday evening, according to Broughton and National Weather Service reports.
Teaneck Police reported a surge in crashes and Broughton urged residents to stay off the roadways.
Meter restrictions are town parking lots have been lifted until 12:01 a.m. Monday. Residents needing non-emergency information can call township police 24 hours a day at 201-837-2600.
Saturday programs at the Rodda Center have all been canceled.
UPDATE 1:50 p.m.: Teaneck authorities were already dealing with multiple crashes as roads became slick Friday. Earlier today, two people were treated in a multi-car crash on Queen Anne Road.
A vehicle went off the road on Degraw Avenue Friday afternoon. One person was treated for non-life-threatening injuries in the single-car crash.
All FDU New Jersey campuses will be closed Saturday because of the storm, the University announced. Teaneck schools also let out early.
Teaneck's snow parking restrictions were in effect.
Residents were asked to report power outages to PSE&G at 800-436-7734.
The brunt of the storm is expected to hit Friday evening, according to a National Weather Service blizzard warning.
Bergen County Police Chief Brian Higgins said motorists should stay off the roads as conditions were expected to worsen in the evening.
“With the temperature dropping it will be a sheet of ice under the snow,” the chief said in a briefing.
Readers reported long lines at some local gas stations and at Stop and Shop.