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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.

Bill December 26, 2012 at 10:51 PM
The road on Oklahoma Trail is being plowed but it fills right back as fast as the plow finishes. I am glad I am off today and not on 206 north coming up from Bedminster.
AlwaysForThePeople December 26, 2012 at 11:05 PM
We need a separate hopatcong patch, no more of sharing!
Kris Cooper December 26, 2012 at 11:13 PM
I love reading articles on the patch, but 'New Jersey's first major snowstorm'...? Don't think this is quite accurate.
Jen A December 26, 2012 at 11:55 PM
Where are the plows? Lotta help they are. Probably parked in their driveways even though they're still getting paid.
Tammy December 27, 2012 at 02:18 AM
Jen A-What an ignorant statement. You truly have no clue. My husband has been at work since 7 A.M. this morning and has no idea when he will get home tonight if at all. Whether he gets to come home at some point during the night or if he has to work through the night his regular shift still starts at 7 A.M. tomorrow morning. Why would somebody sit in a truck in their driveway rather than get the job done so they can get home, have a hot meal, take a shower and get to bed at a decent time? By the way, not all plow operators work for the same town they live in so sitting in their driveway wouldn't be an option. Unless you would like to fund towns having a plow truck for every road you are just going to have to wait your turn. I would love for all you fools making ridiculous comments like yours to ride along with the DPW--you wouldn't last an hour.
jazzman December 27, 2012 at 02:42 AM
omg hiding is a way of life for them,at least for the last 30 yrs that i`ve heard the stories, so ummm why not when it snows,this storm is small one and its basical over by now and they need to get some sleep to get out early to throw the morning salt
Frazure December 27, 2012 at 11:15 AM
Strongly agree!
Frazure December 27, 2012 at 11:20 AM
Jen-A - Love to hear morons like you ramble on.....What you are really saying is if I don't see them on MY street personally taking care of MY needs and wants, then they are not doing their job. That's the way to go.....always think of yourself first and only yourself. Grab a shovel and go shovel your own damn street.
Jen A December 27, 2012 at 03:05 PM
You know what Tammy and Frazure? GFY. I left work at 3:15pm yesterday. I got home close to 5 due to the conditions. My road was not plowed or salted, at all. There was about 2 inches of snow on the ground, and unfortunately, I do not own an SUV or pick-up truck w/ all wheel drive, so just driving the one block it took to get to my house was a hassle. You wanna buy me one jerks? And yes, I am going to rant about MY needs and MY wants, because when it comes down to it, my family and myself are what is important to me. Do I know you? No, so why do I care about your street. Like I said I got home close to 5pm, and not one plow, not even on my street, or any of the surrounding streets to me. Finally at around 6 I heard trucks coming around. Took them from 6 until 8:30 or so to finally make it to my street. My problem is that this happens w/ every snow storm. All you hear is how every plow truck driver is busting their ass, doesn't know when they are going to get to go home just like you are saying here, well if that was the case, then I want to see it in action. This may have been a small storm but it created horribly treacherous road conditions, and you'd think after we dealt w/ Sandy that township would be more prepared AHEAD OF TIME - Wow what a concept!!!
Lake Resident December 27, 2012 at 03:13 PM
Jen-A, Hopatcong always does a fantastic job of plowing and working hard to keep our streets clear. GREAT work DPW!!! Tammy - my sentiments EXACTLY!
Lake Resident December 27, 2012 at 03:46 PM
Is the name calling really necessary to humiliate others in your community? All of us had a hard commute in which the majority seemed to have gotten home (late but safe) which is what really matters. Please a moment to feel other communities recent tragic & sad series of events that have occurred and you may just feel a bit differently about your community.
Tammy December 27, 2012 at 04:13 PM
Jen A--You are a nasty, self centered little person. You are putting the blame on the wrong individuals-it is the supervisors who tell the crews when to start sanding/salting/plowing. Unless you are brainless I would be inclined to say that you are a liar. The trucks were out LONG before 6 pm. Did it occur to your bitter little brain that the roads were sanded, then salted, and got covered again before you got home to your oh so special road? Do you know that there has to be a certain amount of snow on the roads before it can be plowed? No, I don't "wanna" buy you a truck or an SUV. As a matter of fact, if I knew it was you and saw you slip on your neglected, ice covered road I'd carefully step over you and continue on my way without giving you another thought. Keep spewing your uneducated, unfounded rants because for every nasty person like you who put down hard working people there are 150 more who support them and APPRECIATE what they do.
hopeful December 27, 2012 at 05:26 PM
Jefferson Trail was not salted or sanded until around 10:00 this morning. When I finally was able to get out every street around Jefferson Trail was completely clear. Why?! It's like this after every storm since I moved here 11 years ago. We have a fire house on our street as well. I would think they would want to make sure it's at the very least been salted and/or sanded for the fire trucks.
Bill December 27, 2012 at 09:45 PM
I completely agree, I don't know what they were thinking or why they would merge two towns together. I am certain your interest level in Hopatcong is on par with mine regarding Sparta.
jazzman December 27, 2012 at 11:12 PM
not so long ago... the 80`s,you could snowmoble all over those hills all day and night without a plow in sight because in the day the plows came out when the storm was completly over,now they salt and sand first...allowing Johnny to get home safe and sound...if you choose to leave after that...then its on you, remember salt only works with temps above 25 degrees... not below,So with the wind chills in the teens last night that salt didnt start to working till early morning,Now thats when i would have sent the plows out again with salt and sand thus the delay on some of those roads!..its really all about money and salt absolutely nothing to do with storm size...carefully budgeting over time hours with salt supplies always trying to get their maxium payout,a complicated storm with 3inches of snow on the ground and 2 inches of ice and still very expensive!
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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