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Vol. LXIV, No. 52
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Wednesday, December 29, 2010
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Weather Forecast

Blustery Winds Complicate Travel as Area Digs Out From Major Snow Storm

Ellen Gilbert

The winter storm that plowed through the northeast on Sunday left as much as 30 inches of snow in some parts of New Jersey. With wind gusts creating large snow drifts, the storm left many area residents homebound on Monday.

Like the State, which declared a snow emergency at 7 p.m. on Sunday evening, Princeton Township declared a snow emergency that remained in effect until 11 a.m. Tuesday morning.

During the storm, Township police responded to 11 motor vehicle accidents, including a five-car accident on the Great Road. They also assisted 19 disabled vehicles.

New Jersey Transit was hit hard by the storm and was still reporting “modified rail service” on Tuesday morning in response to “severe weather conditions and anticipated low ridership.” Most service was following “an enhanced weekend schedule” intended to provide more trains than a Saturday/Sunday schedule, while still reducing the number of trains operating “to match expected ridership.” Riders were advised to use Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, January 17, as a travel date for planning rail trips.

Amtrak’s Northeast Corridor service also continued to be impacted by the storm. Limited service between Boston and New York and New York and Washington was expected to be restored on Tuesday, and passengers were told “to anticipate delays and some cancellations as the lingering effects of the storm are still felt.”

Flights into and out of Newark Liberty International Airport resumed Tuesday morning. After being forced to close during the busy travel season, however, many airlines will be playing catch-up as they find new flights for the many passengers whose flights were canceled.

One of the few consolations of the storm was its timing. The Princeton Regional Schools were already on winter break, and Township and Borough offices were closed for the Christmas holiday. The Princeton Public Library had to close on Monday, but reopened on Tuesday with only one program cancellation.

The Princeton Senior Resource Center was also closed on Monday for the holiday. It reopened on Tuesday morning, although, as Executive Director Susan Hoskins observed, “Older people usually choose to stay home when the walks are slippery. Today is a shopping day at McCaffrey’s, though, so some will go out.”

“I feel very positive about both the Borough and Township Police Departments,” noted Ms. Hoskins. “They have phenomenal officers who go out of their way to help people.” She also encouraged area residents to think about others; “stop in and make sure your neighbor is okay. Make sure they can get shoveled out, or, if you’re going to the store, ask if they need anything. A fall or a broken hip or arm can make all the difference between being able to stay home and live independently or not.” People with special needs, she said, may be interested in signing up with the Princeton Health Department’s “Register Ready” program at (609) 497-7608.

Warmer temperatures in the upper 30’s are predicted for the end of the week.

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