Snow Closes Public Schools, Shuts Down University

Montclair Schools, Montclair State University announce closings due to first major storm of 2014.

Just a few hours into the first major winter storm of the year, Montclair school officials announced a snow day for Friday, and other closings and cancellations were being reported in anticipation of the severe weather.

The blizzard-like storm hitting New Jersey, where the governor has declared a state of emergency, could result in snow accumulations of 5 to 9 inches along with strong winds and below freezing wind chills, according to the National Weather Service.

In addition to Montclair Public Schools, Montclair State University also will be closed on Friday. All on-campus activities and events have been canceled, but online classes will be held as scheduled.

Montclair Recreation Department activities, including wrestling, adult volleyball and folk dancing, were canceled Thursday night. 

A number of municipal services have been suspended and canceled:

  • Refuse and Recycling collection will be suspended Friday.
  • Recycling drop off will be closed Friday.
  • The Senior Citizen bus service will be suspended on Friday.
  • The Evening Shuttle service will be suspended Thursday and Friday nights.

The storm could cause power outages, according to township officials. Residents are reminded to report outages immediately to PSE&G by calling 1-800-436-PSEG (7734) rather than contacting the police department.

Residents are also asked to use 911 for emergencies only. For non-emergencies, call the Montclair Police Department at 973-744-1234.

Public street parking is prohibited when roads are covered with snow. Here's what you need to know about overnight parking, permit parking, etc.

Also, hold off on bringing Christmas trees to the curb. The township will not collect trees buried under snow.

Planning to take the kids sledding on their day off from school? Pick up a Flexible Flyer at Saunder's Hardware and head to Mountainside Park.

Check back for updates and share what you know in the comments.

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