Verona and Cedar Grove came out of the first winter storm of the year virtually unscathed, but snow accumulations of 4 to 8 inches and single-digit wind chills made for a frigid dig out Friday.
Public schools in both townships declared a snow day and recreation programs were cancelled. Trash pick-up was also suspended in both towns.
Cedar Grove Police reported a single snow-related accident in which a car was overturned in the early morning hours.
A driver heading west on a steep hill on Lakewood Avenue around 1:29 a.m. couldn’t stop and slid through the intersection onto the opposite curb on Bowden Road and overturned, Chief Richard Vanderstreet said Friday.
The driver was able to get out of the car on his own and was not injured, Vanderstreet said.
Crews worked through the night to clear township roads, which were passable by Friday morning, but Vanderstreet recommended avoiding unnecessary travel.
“At this point if you didn’t have to go out, I’d say to give it a little more time," he said.
Residents are required to clear sidewalks within 24 hours of snowfall ending, but the ordinance would not be enforced during the weekend, Vanderstreet said.
“We are not going to be out there immediately enforcing it,” he said. “We do understand that it’s cold. The residents have through the weekend to get their sidewalks cleaned.”
No accidents or weather-related issues were reported during the storm in Verona, according to township police.
“We have had nothing weather related. We have been lucky people are staying off the
roads,” Verona Police Lt. Micheal Ruglio said.