Heavy snow cripples area


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  • Photo by Mark Lichtenwalner A dog checks out the snow that fell in Vernon on Tuesday.




  • PHOTO BY VERA OLINSKI Snow scene in Highland Lakes




  • Photo by Mark Lichtenwalner A cardinal braves the elements during Tuesday's snowfall.




  • PHOTO BY VERA OLINSKI About 20 inches of snow fell in Highland Lakes.



VERNON — A major snowfall hit the area Tuesday, dropping nearly two feet of snow on the township.

The storm shuttered schools and businesses throughout the area both Tuesday and Wednesday as crews worked to clear the roadways. At some points during the storm, snow fell at a rate of about 2-4 inches per hour.

According to the county Office of Emergency Management, there were power outages in Branchville, Frankford, Montague, Wantage and Sussex Borough. As of Wednesday morning Jersey Central Power & Light reported there were no more outages in the area.

The department also reported a downed power line on George Road in Wantage, closing Route 23 between Unionville Road and County Highway 519. Route 23 in Hamburg also was closed for a time in the vicinity of Route 94.

Several residents in the Pleasant Valley Lake section of the township reported that 20 inches of snow on their roads hadn't been plowed Wednesday morning.

Vernon Township Mayor Harry Shortway could not be reached for comment by press time.



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