- by Carolyne Volpe Curley / Carolyne@WestEssexNOW.com
"Light freezing rain and drizzle will make
roadways and walkways hazardous early Sunday morning.
The freezing condition will cause travel difficulties;
be prepared for slippery roads.
Slow down and use caution while driving."
~ National Weather Service
"Black ice everywhere from Bloomfield to West Caldwell.
Take it slow people. No Salt trucks anywhere."
~ Allan Soriano, about 8am
- Essex Fells Police
"Rain and cold weather are causing black ice conditions throughout our area. Multiple vehicle crashes. STAY HOME until conditions improve. As temperatures rise, conditions should improve."
- Little Falls Police
"EXTREMELY DANGEROUS ROAD CONDITIONS. We are requesting everyone stay off the roadways unless absolutely necessary. All roadways, state, local, and county are completely covered in a sheet of ice. Roadway are impassable."
- North Caldwell Police
Severe Icing Please stay off roads for several hours. Use extreme caution while walking outdoors.
- Roseland Police
"Use caution roads are extremely icy. Multiple roads closed throughout the area. Salt trucks are on the road"
- Verona Police
"Severe Black Icing - Please stay off roads for several hours. Use extreme caution while walking outdoors."
- West Caldwell Police
"Severe Ice Condition on Local Roads. All roads are extremely icy and dangerous to drive on at this time - use caution around your home, all steps and sidewalks are extremely slippery. Use Extreme Caution."
Pedestrians were equally affected; falls with injuries from icy stairs, sidewalks, parking lots and driveways were reported all over the area.
This is only a sampling of accidents which occurred throughout the region:
Mountain Avenue, North Caldwell
10 cars disabled or crashed along the road
Eagle Rock Avenue, Roseland
accidents with injuries
Route 280, Roseland
accident at Exit 5
Eisenhower Parkway, Roseland
Lyons Avenue at Livingston Avenue, Roseland
Eagle Rock Avenue, Roseland
15 car accident under the Route 280 overpass; one car went into woods
Horseneck Road, Fairfield
accident with injuries - car hit pole
- Central Avenue, West Caldwell/Caldwell
- Bloomfield Avenue near Lakeland Bank, West Caldwell
Old Eagle Rock Avenue, Roseland/Essex Fells
car accident with pole
Devon Road at Oval Road, Essex Fells
Reports of abandoned cars left where they had crashed came in from all over. By 11:30am, there were so many accidents and disabled vehicles along Eagle Rock Avenue that residents were opening their homes to shelter people as they waited for assistance.
Local religious organizations including St. Peter's Church in Essex Fells, LifeSource Church in West Caldwell and Our Lady of the Lake in Verona canceled morning prayer services or afternoon gatherings.
At 1pm, the Freezing Rain Advisory was cancelled while NOAA then issued a Flood Warning which was in effect until 6pm Sunday afternoon. Briefly, thundershowers came into the area adding to the day's weather challenges.
All the roads in the area were open by 1:45pm. The roads remain wet and temperatures will continue below freezing tonight. At 5:50pm, there was an accident, with injuries, on Grandview Avenue, in North Caldwell.