Snow Blankets Millburn-Short Hills
The National Weather Service issues a winter storm warning.
If you like snow, today will be your day. Up to a foot of snow is expected to fall in Millburn-Short Hills and throughout the region.
The snow started falling around 1 p.m. in downtown Millburn and it was starting to stick to the roads in the South Mountain area and Wyoming section by 2:30 p.m. Tatyana Ali, a Glenwood area resident, reported at 10:30 p.m. there was seven inches of snow on the ground.
In response to the storm, the Millburn-Short Hills Volunteer First Aid Squad had two additional crews of volunteers on duty on Saturday. It means all three ambulances will have a crew through the storm. "We urge our residents to stay warm and safe this weekend, and feel secure knowing that our volunteers are standing by to assist you if you should need us," said Leigh Goodman, of the squad, in an email.
The roads were busy Saturday with people trying to get last-minute errands done. The grocery stores were packed Saturday as people in town prepared for what is being predicted to be a big storm for New Jersey. There were long lines at Kings Super Market in Short Hills, and the displays for snow melt outside were nearly empty. The store was packed at the Millburn Shop Rite, and the parking lot was full.
The Mall at Short Hills was packed with people taking advantage of the final weekend of shopping before Christmas. People also crowded downtown for shopping and lunch before the afternoon performance of the "Nutcracker" at the Paper Mill Playhouse.
No cancellations or postponements had been announced yet. Shayne Miller, Paper Mill spokesman, said playhouse officials were waiting to make a decision on the evening performance of "The Nutcracker."
Many businesses reported they were waiting to decide on closing early. But about a hour after the snow started to fall, COCO was closed because of the storm. But down Main Street, restaurant.mc sent out an email Saturday afternoon announcing food and drink specials because of the snow. The specials included half off all bottles of wine in the entire restaurant and half off drinks at the bar after 5 p.m.
Before the snow started falling, Millburn firefighters responded to a report of a water main break on Farview Road in the Wyoming section. They had alerted New Jersey American Water Company, and Department of Public Works was alerted for an ice condition.
The National Weather Service issued a winter storm warning for noon on Saturday through 11 a.m. on Sunday. Periods of heavy snow and gusty winds are expected with snowfall accumulations are expected to be eight to 14 inches. The National Weather Service warns the snow and winds could reduce visibility to under a quarter of a mile at times with blowing, drifting snow possible.
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