Snow Leaves Some Stranded in Morris County

In Mount Arlington, Keith Cummings fired up the snowblower and sliced a path through a good foot of snow.

In fact, halfway through this storm, the whole community turned out to tackle the mess.

“It’s getting heavy with the sleet. I don’t actually live here, I’m helping out my neighbor. We all get together and help each other out,” Cummings said.

Mount Arlington’s perched on a hillside in northern Morris County. It’s a bit of a climb to get here — 1,000 feet above sea level — and snow totals generally rise with elevation.

Enough snow fell today — you could lose your Corgi in it. Some people got stuck, though most just stayed off the roads. But overall, the weather’s been kind this winter.

“It’s been great so far. Hardly any snow,” said Chris Jackson. So he doesn’t mind this storm. “Gives me some exercise. Oh, I’m out of shape. … I’m feeling it, yeah.”

For many businesses — shut down by the snowfall’s intensity and the state of emergency — the storm plowed a hole in their profits. For others, the snow meant overtime pay but long hours.

“I would say 24 to 30 hours,” said plow driver Taly Dominguez.

“It’s good. It’s good for the hotel,” said Johana Cortes, housekeeping supervisor at Holiday Inn.

Hotels like the Holiday Inn scored some extra revenue.

“The people that were supposed to go, they’re staying. So it’s another night they have to stay,” she said.

Stranded by the storm, one Toronto couple rode it out. After all, Canadians take snow in stride.

“This year we’ve had a really mild winter. This is the first snowstorm I’ve seen,” said Wayne Green.

“We are kind of stuck here, right now. But safety first. It’s actually nice to have day off. A snow day is always a great thing, you know,” said Trish Green.

Gov. Chris Christie said this nor’easter didn’t live up to the hype, fortunately.

“It was a big under-performer, but we got to make sure to take care of the things we got to take care of as the snow continues to fall in other areas of the state. And we will. Certainly what we are looking at 24 to 48 hours predicted is certainly much less than what we got,” he said.

The governor recommended people should stay home tonight — but he forecast tomorrow’s commute should be pretty normal for winter in New Jersey.

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