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As Major Storm Heads Towards Tri-State Area, Suburban Communities Are Gearing Up

VERNON TOWNSHIP, N.J. (CBSNewYork) - From Long Island to New Jersey, towns say they're preparing for whatever the storm brings their way.

As CBS2's Vanessa Murdock reports, Monday brought snow for some and rain for more. The messy mix was but an appetizer, before the main course and dessert Wednesday into Thursday.

A mere coating of snow captured through the lens of Drone Force 2 turns Vernon, NJ into a postcard. The scene in Leonia was not so picturesque - cold rain warranted pulling up your hood.


"You got your snow shovel, you're ready to go, you excited?" Murdock asked.

"Um, no," a Leonia resident named Annette said.

At Moore's Hardware, ice melt and shovels were poised for purchase.

"This is all routine," said owner John DeSimone.

"Not going to run out?" Murdock asked.

"No, I don't think so. Hope not," DeSimone said.

More: Major Storm Could Bring More Than A Foot Of Snow To Parts Of Tri-State Wednesday Night

Up NJ 208 from Leonia, rain changed to snow near Wyckoff, but nothing was sticking. Salt trucks manned by Daniel Fernandes and Rodrigo DaSilva sit at the ready alongside the highway.

"Atarted filling the trucks before daybreak, on call since," Fernandes said. "We're getting ready for Wednesday, so it's like a prep."

Fernandes implores people: Show some respect when you see salt truck wheels in motion.

"Give us space, please," he said.

Better yet?

"Stay home, enjoy the family," DaSilva said.

There was similar sentiment from Gov. Phil Murphy Monday.

"This has the potential to be a real whopper," he said.

In Oyster Bay on Long Island, the town's snow fighting crew is ready to clear up whatever Mother Nature puts down.

"Our snow fighting crew is at the ready and all equipment is prepared, ready to sand and salt our roadways and plow whatever Mother Nature throws our way," said Oyster Bay Town Supervisor Joseph Saladino.

"We have to expect it. Is it winter, right?" said Oakland resident Donna DiCarlo said. "As long as I'm home in the house safe, all my birds are in the nest, I'm good."

With all this talk of snow, the kiddos might be asking if snow days still exist when learning is 100% virtual. Here is what the NJ DOE tells us: "Because we are still under a public health emergency, school districts can provide remote instruction in lieu of a snow day this year."


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