Morris District, Morris Plains schools closing early; forecast still predicts 4-8 inches of snow

Dust off your cross-country skis...snow is on the way. Photo by Kevin Coughlin

Dust off your cross-country skis…snow is on the way. Photo by Kevin Coughlin

Kids in the Morris School District and Morris Plains schools will get a belated Christmas present today, Jan. 2, 2014, with early dismissals because of the snowy forecast.

After-school activities are canceled, too, on this first day back to school after the holiday break.

The snow should start in earnest around 4 or 5 pm and get heavy overnight, said Steve Pelletiere Jr. of Ion Weather in Denville.   Greater Morristown can expect between 4- and 8 inches of snow; the National Weather Service has issued a winter storm watch starting at 1 pm. Wind gusts of 30 mph may blow around the snow.

Friday morning’s commute won’t be fun, Steve said.

“It will be pretty hectic in the morning, with pretty bad roads and temperatures in the lower teens,” he said. “Travel conditions probably will be the worst of the year.”

Of course, the year is young.

Morristown Parking Authority garages are free to town residents through Saturday afternoon, so snow plows can clear the streets.  The seniors center at town hall (200 South St.) also will serve as a warming station  during business hours today and Friday.   NJ Transit is cross-honoring its rail, light rail and bus tickets, as well.

Later in the weekend temperatures will moderate, with rain likely from Sunday into Monday, Steve said. And then…another cold spell.


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