WEATHER UPDATE: The winds shifted, the rain subsided and the historic late-April “sou’easter” left us with little to concern ourselves in New Jersey. That’s not the same elsewhere, though: Parts of New York, Pennsylvania and Ohio are digging out from the biggest late-April snowstorm in nearly 85 years.
North Jersey highways are passable and power remains on. And as reported in CLIFFVIEW PILOT last night, flooding was never a genuine consideration, according to those who map such things.
In fact, it all turned out a lot better than even they expected — here (all told, we got about three inches of rain).
Western Pennsylvania and parts of western and northern New York state, as well as West Virginia, are getting socked.
The New York town of Newfield reported 10 inches of snow early this morning, while Boswell, Pa., got hit with five inches, according to the National Weather Service.
And although it’s a freaky event for folks in Buffalo and Pittsburgh, April snowstorms have happened before.
The last time a snowstorm this big hit the Northeast was 1928 — 84 years ago — although it dropped 2 feet of powder in some areas.
Parts of Pennsylvania, New York and Ohio that have gotten a foot this time could get 6-8 inches more. Already, tens of thousands of people in those areas are without power.
The news is much better here.
The Oradell reservoir will have risen by a foot and a half by tomorrow morning, but that will still leave it roughly three feet below its 21-foot flood stage, according to the U.S. Geological Survey.
The Woodcliff Lake reservoir, meanwhile, won’t even hit 92 feet (flood stage is 95).
The Hackensack River won’t get any higher than half its 5-foot flood stage in River Vale, the USGS reported.
The Passaic River rose the fastest in Little Falls, shooting up nearly three feet, but it has already begun to recede. Flood stage there is seven feet.
The Pompton River in Pompton Plains was even less of a threat, rising two feet since Saturday night but ending more than 6 feet below its 16-foot flood stage.