Bergen Readying for Weekend Snowfall

Officials throughout Bergen say they're ready for what looks to be 5 inches of snow Friday night into Saturday

It's beginning to look a lot like winter – finally. Although and caused , the past two months have looked little like a winter wonderland. That should all be changing this weekend, as forecasters are projecting as much as seven inches of snow between Friday night and Saturday.

A winter storm watch was issued by the National Weather Service Friday, warning of potentially dangerous weather conditions and "significant snowfall." The storm watch is expected to be in effect through Saturday afternoon.

Officials throughout Bergen County say they're ready for whatever flaky foes are . 

"Nothing is a surprise to our guys. We're ready when it happens," said Bergen County Public Works Director Joe Crifasi, whose agency covers about 450 miles of road.

Salt sheds are full and plows are readied, whether it be a heavy downfall or a teasing dust, he said. 

"They're telling us the snowfall is probably going to start after midnight. The normal procedure with us is as soon as one of the municipalities calls us to say the roads are slippery or the county police call...we call our guys in within an hour's notice and we're out on the roads salting," Crifasi said. 

In Ridgewood, officials expect between 2 and 5 inches of snowfall to coat roofs and streets. Although the conditions this weekend will look little like 'Snowtober,' the area is likely not to be left unscathed.

"It is possible to have some outages as local area power could be impacted by a falling branch [or] tree," Manager Gabbert cautioned, noting that extra staff may be deployed. 

Neighboring Wyckoff is not taking any chances with a short staff this weekend, according to its mayor.

"Scott [Fisher, head of DPW] has a team of 13 ready to deal with snow and keep our streets safe," said Mayor Chris DePhillips. "My advice to the public in Wyckoff is to let the DPW do its job."

DePhillips said large-scale branch damage isn't expected, but said some dangling branches remain throughout the township. "Residents should be wary of those."

Workers in Paramus were anticipating snow as early as Thursday night, so the plows are ready and the salt is stockpiled, according to Mayor Rich LaBarbiera.
The mayor said it was lucky the storm was coming on a weekend, keeping work and school traffic off the roads. 

"We'll deal with the snow as we always do, better than any adjacent community," he boasted.

In Teaneck, officials used a brine solution to pre-treat main roads ahead of the storm. The salt water solution will make the snow easier to plow away.  

"It's much cheaper and it's environmentally friendly," Teaneck Township Manager William Broughton said Friday. 

Parking fees and limits for township municipal lots have been suspended until 24 hours after the snowfall, Broughton said. Residents should take their cars off the street when the snow starts falling. 

Department of Public Works crews were scheduled to come around midnight to deal with the storm, Broughton said.

NJ Transit will be offering full system-wide cross-honoring of tickets on Saturday, the agency said in a statement Friday.

Myles Ma, James Leggate and Noah Cohen contributed to this report.

Teaneck_Resident January 22, 2012 at 10:48 PM
Well, I decided to all the PD and let them know that sidewalks have not been shoveled and people are forced to walk in the street. That was at 2PM, four hours later not a single PD car has been spotted anywhere. So the Teancek PD said they would send someone out to look. When maybe in a month or two? I know other stuff always goes on but gimme a break...
Karin Kiesow-Irvine January 22, 2012 at 11:21 PM
Teaneck_Resident: Yeah 4 hours is just a tad long to wait! Wonder what their excuse is? Maybe call them again and ask why no one has been by and remind them that the town has an ordinance about shoveling snow, maybe suggest that this is a revenue maker for them :) I had a talk with the crossing guard oops sorry TPO that was working on Queen Anne Rd by the synagogue yesterday asked if he could suggest to the pedestrians not to walk in the street but on the sidewalk because it was not safe, this was around 9am when the snow was coming down in buckets. His response was he would not do that and there was nothing he could do. I proceeded to drive away shaking my head.
Teaneck_Resident January 23, 2012 at 12:39 AM
karin, That doesn't suprise me at all. The TPO is being paid to play crossing guard and nothing else. He's not being paid to use his any level of intelligene at all.
Karin Kiesow-Irvine January 23, 2012 at 12:34 PM
Teaneck_Resident if that is the case that they are hired to be ONLY a crossing guard, perhaps they should not wear their TP uniform that is really misleading!
Cal Donnell January 23, 2012 at 07:04 PM
I'm not sure about the wording of the Teaneck ordinance for snow removal, but in the several communities that I am familiar with, citizens are given between 12 and 24 hours from the time the snow stops to clear the sidewalks. This is designed to be fair to homeowners who might not be home when the storm happens.


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