While the winter stormhas ended for New Jersey, tens of thousands of homes and businesses remained without power Tuesday morning as utility crews worked to repair downed lines.
The hardest hit areas were Morris, Sussex and Warren counties, where the heaviest snow fell on Monday. Snowfall totals topped 10 to 12 inches in some spots in Morris and Sussex, according to the latest reports from the National Weather Service.
Dozens of districts across northern New Jersey called for school closures and delayed openingson Tuesday as snow cleanup continued, though most of New Jersey got less than forecasters expected as the storm shifted north. For many, it was the second day school schedules were affected by the storm, which started on Sunday and lingered into Monday.
The vast majority of those without power are customers of JCP&L, which serves northwestern New Jersey.
About 50,000 homes and businesses were without power as of 11 a.m. Tuesday.
Sussex County’s JCP&L’s customers accounted for 25,000 of those outages with another 11,000 outages reported by the Sussex Rural Electric Cooperative, while Morris County had about 8,000. The expected restoration times for JCP&L were listed as Tuesday, though many were as late as 11:30 p.m.
For the Sussex Rural Electric Cooperative customers, the wait could be two to three days, according to a Facebook update shared at 9:30 a.m. Crews were being brought in from out of state to help with restoration of the SREC customers, which include some towns just over the border in New York.
Follow NJ.com’slive power outage tracker for statewide updates throughout the day. (Note: The Sussex Rural Electric Cooperatives are not included in the live tracker. For their latest numbers, check the SREC map.)
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