No school in Sparta again due to lingering power outages after Tri-State snowstorm

SPARTA, New Jersey (WABC) -- Sparta Schools were closed again Thursday as utility workers continued restoring power in Sussex County.

By Thursday night, there less than 2,000 outages, about 3.4% percent of the county.

Sussex Rural Electric described its process as "slow but positive" and said power to their customers might not be back until Friday.

There are more than 10,000 outages statewide as of Thursday morning.

The Sussex Wantage Regional School District, Newton Public Schools, and others were on a delayed opening Thursday.

The rain and ice that fell Sunday coated branches, and then the foot or more of snow that fell Monday brought down a lot of trees -- taking power lines with them.

Warming centers have been set up, including at the Sparta police station.

Hundreds of crews from as far as West Virginia have arrived to lend a hand and hopefully speed up the process of restoring power to residents.

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