After the storm in New Jersey

December 21, 2009 2:33:13 PM PST
After a weekend of shoveling, people are sore. "I pulled the string on the snow blower and it broke. Couldn't even use it," said John Armando. He was spending his Monday morning digging out his work truck and spinning out, trying to stay clear of patches where a parking lot plow was followed by a melt and a freeze. With just about every school at the shore closed on Monday, people were mostly taking it easy. Almost two feet fell in Brielle, blanketing rooftops and yards and marina lots full of boats, a quiet, white gorgeousness. The storm made a powerful pit-stop in New Jersey on its way up the East Coast, dropping as much as two feet of snow Saturday in southern and central areas and up to a foot in northern locations. Some southern counties saw their highest single-storm snowfall totals in nearly four years. Gov. Jon S. Corzine praised the work of cleanup crews, utility workers and emergency responders, adding he was thankful there were no storm-related fatalities in New Jersey.

The snow hit hardest in southern parts of the state, with 24 inches reported in parts of Cumberland County, while snow totals in northern counties like Bergen, Essex and Passaic mostly ranged from 6 to 12 inches.