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Snowstorm Leaves 'Terrible' Road Conditions, Causes Minor Accidents

Sparta Police Sgt. John-Paul Beebe said there were over a dozen minor accidents in the township Wednesday afternoon.

Wednesday's storm caused hazardous driving conditions in North Jersey Wednesday afternoon, resulting in several accidents and backed up traffic.

Sparta Police Sgt. John-Paul Beebe said there were over a dozen accidents Wednesday afternoon in the township since the snow began to fall around 2 p.m.

"The roads are terrible, there's a lot of traffic out there, there's accidents all over the township," he said.

All of the accidents were minor, he said, which all involved drivers sliding off the roads and getting stuck in the snow. Beebe said there were no reported injuries in any of the accidents.

Beebe advises motorists to stay off the roads and wait until Thursday morning when the roads are clear.

"If you don't need to be on the road, don't be on the road," he said. "There's no reason to be on the road right now. Stay off the roads because you're going to get disabled."

Beebe said both township and state plows have been out all afternoon and will continue through the storm.

The storm, which progressed from Southern Pennsylvania to New Jersey, is expected to last until Thursday morning with wind gusts up to 45 miles per hour.

The storm may also bring up to a quarter-inch of ice, according to National Weather Service meteorologist David Stark.

Sussex County is likely to receive more snow accumulation than rain or ice, Stark said.

What are the roads like by you? Tell us in the comments.

Lake Resident December 28, 2012 at 01:53 AM
A THOUGHT...Go to the source instead of asking why on this forum, Call the DPW as they are the only one's who can address you concern as well as obtain the accurate answer.
Rich Smith December 28, 2012 at 03:07 AM
I'll second that.
hopeful December 28, 2012 at 01:52 PM
Lake Resident... I did contact the DPW and am waiting for a response. Jazzman... I completely understand that salt doesn't work below a certain temp but my point is that streets all around me are clear so why isn't mine?
Lake Resident December 28, 2012 at 04:01 PM
I for sure would keep on following up, calling and touching base with the DPW until you get a response. As there are most likely only more storms to come and hopefully this won't be the case for your street in the future. I hope it all works out for you!
Nobody Important December 29, 2012 at 10:56 PM
I called the DPW and told them about my road being not plowed properly and had to leave a message. I never got a call back and my road was never plowed. Just as an FYI there is a DPW worker with DUI who is riding shotgun throughout this storm making time and half. So who here thinks it fair that our tax dollars should go towards a worker who is doing nothing but sitting on his ASS!!! I am also wondering why this individual was not fired for getting DUI when so many others have been. I think that something stinks over at the DPW!! I think that the Mayor should look into this.

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