Beauty And The Beast: March Nor’easter Creates Dangerous Winter Wonderland

Photo: Selma Avdicevic

It dumped a glistening blanket of snow that knocked down trees and power lines and made roads into ski trails — with hundreds stranded on 280 in West Orange for hours. The Nor’easter also closed schools for a second snow day. Heavy snow made it difficult to shovel and weighed down branches, breaking them off trees that didn’t come down.

Here’s a list of Montclair road closures from the Township.

If you are without power, Montclair Health Department has set up a warming station in Municipal Chambers at 205 Claremont Avenue. They will be offering hot tea and charging stations until 4:30 p.m.

Valley Road

If you have to go to work, check the Clever Commute feed on Baristanet and download the app on your phone. As of this a.m., NJ Transit was suspended due to extensive overhead wire, power and signal issues along the Montclair-Boonton line. Decamp service is running (and cross honoring), navigating around downed trees on certain streets, so expect detours.

Church Street

If you don’t have to work, stay off the roads. Not all roads are clear and downed trees have made certain streets impassible. Avoid Valley Road and Orange Road — still need to be plowed. A big tree was blocking Park Street at Summit.

Valley Road

Remember to clear sidewalks of ice and snow in front of your property (a path that is a minimum of 48 inches wide in order to ensure the safety of pedestrians using the sidewalks) and especially around any fire hydrants. Montclair Community Services crews work around the clock to clear snow from streets. Snow blowing and shoveling snow from walkways, driveways and sidewalks into the streets, plowing driveways into the streets, cleaning snow off of vehicles into the street is prohibited per township ordinance 297-33. Violate the ordinance and you can receive a summons.

Tree down by Park and Alexander
Watchung Plaza

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