See photos of Sussex County town hit by a foot of snow

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They were a couple of weeks away from offering a white Christmas, but it came anyway.

Saturday’s winter storm, the first significant snowfall in more than a year, dumped several inches of snow primarily in the Northwest. New Jerseyincluding more than a foot in Wantage.

The flurry created a winter wonderland throughout the modest-sized Sussex County town.

“I was definitely surprised by the amount of snow we had,” Shawn Viggiano, 47, of Wantage, said Sunday. “I figured we would get about 8 inches. “I can’t say I did anything special to prepare other than making sure the snowplow was working.”

That and he double-checked that his skis and snowshoes were ready, Viggiano admitted.

Wantage saw at least 13 inches of snow, but residents said Sunday morning that a steady rain had not let up and several ventured that a higher total inch count was likely.

In addition to Wantage, about a dozen other areas Sussex County saw between 5 and nearly 11 inches of snow, including Sparta, Kittatinny Lake and Montague Township.

Residents in Warren, Morris, Passaic and Hunterdon counties also saw plenty of snow, according to preliminary snowfall reports from National Metereological Service.

The early January winter coastal storm dumped heavy snow in northwestern New Jersey, including Wantage in Sussex County.
The early January winter coastal storm dumped heavy snow in northwestern New Jersey, including Wantage in Sussex County.

Social media users in Wantage posted photos and images of snow plows. clearing roadspuppies frolicking in the scales and the rules checking exactly what is the last inch it seemed total.

On Sunday morning, the Wantage Township Office of Emergency Management said snow would continue at a light to moderate rate with increased accumulation expected in the hills.

READ MORE: How much snow fell in your area? The latest snowfall totals for 16 counties.

“Sidewalks will also likely see coverage, particularly this morning, followed by increased variability in the afternoon,” officials said. with the agency said. “Snow will taper off and largely taper off by mid-afternoon, with flurries persisting into the evening. Then tonight, watch for refreezing around anything wet (and) untreated.”

Patchy snow and rain continued Sunday and forecasters now expect another serious storm threat possibly causing flooding in New Jersey on Tuesday. Up to 4 inches of rain and wind gusts of up to 60 mph could hit parts of the state and melting snow could worsen conditions in some areas, weather experts said.

New Jersey State Police Saturday night. continued to urge Residents to stay off roads due to possible icy conditions.

According to a 1:48 p.m. update from the National Weather Service On Sunday, rain, not snow, was expected primarily due to bad weather coming later in the week.

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The early January coastal winter storm dumped heavy snow on northwestern New Jersey, including Wantage in Sussex County.
The early January winter coastal storm dumped heavy snow in northwestern New Jersey, including Wantage in Sussex County.

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