By Michael Hill
Under a state of emergency, the Garden State looked like the snow-covered state once again. But no big deal to Nick Petrone in flip flops in subfreezing temperatures on his way from North Carolina to Massachusetts with his dad.
“Flip flops are easy to wear,” said Petrone
Bergen County reports this is its 22nd weather event this season. That’s more competition for the folks from Boston and New England traveling through.
“It’s up to here in my yard,” said Maine resident David Maxwell. When asked what it was like driving around in another storm Maxwell said, “This is one more storm, yes. I’m driving home from Florida and the farther north we go the more challenging it becomes.”
“I’m sick of it. I got a snow blower thankfully, I wouldn’t make it without it,” said Chris Stolarik.
But, some folks welcomed more snow this late in winter.
When asked what she was hoping for, one woman said, “More snow. I love the snow. I’m happy with it.”
State Police opened their regional operations and intelligence center ready to quarterback any emergency and there were some, such as a jackknifed track-trailer in Hillside causing traffic to creep along I-78.
The plows and salt trucks began hitting the highways Wednesday night and as soon and as fast as the snow began falling, Emergency Management Commanding Officer Major Jeff Mottley said, “Turnpike and Parkway are both doing exactly what they’re supposed to do — salting and clearing the roadway. So we’re very comfortable with our road departments and the work that they’re doing.”
“There’s a lot of salt trucks, a lot of plows and a lot of people driving too fast,” said Long Island resident Sal Scrillo.
The Seton Hall girls’ softball team took a video on the way to Newark Liberty Airport, and their 90-minute delayed flight to Tampa. They’re among the fortunate to fly with icy runways up and down the East Coast delaying or canceling thousands of flights.
This has been such a harsh winter in so many places in the country that’s produced some very experienced or weathered travelers who have no fear about flying in these kinds of conditions.
“Flying is actually very, very safe. In fact it is more safe than actually driving here on the road so I’m not very concerned when I fly becaue it is still one of the safest modes of transportation,” said Detroit traveler Prem De’Cruz.
And millions are relying on that in this late winter storm.