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Winter Storm Drops Several Inches in Most Areas

Steady snowfall on Saturday produced between 2 and 5 inches.

A winter storm brought several inches of snow to most of North Jersey on Saturday.

The weather system, referred to as Winter Storm Freyr by The Weather Channel, was expected to drop 2 to 5 inches throughout the region. Snow began falling in most areas by late morning and started to taper off late Saturday night.

The storm reduced visibility in some areas and caused treacherous travelling conditions.

Skies are expected to clear on Sunday with temperatures in the low 30s.

Initially forecasters were unsure if Freyr would track into Northern New Jersey or veer out toward the coast but their prediction was confirmed on Friday.

According to a report on NJ.com, state Department of Transportation crews early Saturday morning pre-treated highways with salt, to prevent snow from sticking and making it easier to plow off once it gets deep enough. 

To give customers additional travel options during Freyr's winter storm, NJ Transit offered a full system wide cross-honoring for all rail, bus and light rail lines on Saturday.

While NJ Transit is currently planning to operate a regular weekend rail and bus schedule, customers may experience delays or detours.

This article is posted on Patch sites in Bergen, Essex, Hudson, Morris, Passaic, Somerset, Sussex and Warren counties.

Hookerman December 29, 2012 at 03:46 PM
Freyr??? Are we now giving winter storms names?
Nom De Guerre December 29, 2012 at 04:12 PM
@Hookerman, my thoughts exactly. Apparently this is the first season that The Weather Channel is naming "noteworthy" winter storms. http://www.weather.com/news/weather-winter/why-we-name-winter-storms-20121001 And by the looks of it, they're naming them after pagan / mythological gods.
patriot December 29, 2012 at 04:17 PM
Thanks Nom. I was wondering the same thing. Just read the article. This is supposed to raise our awareness? Okay.
Hookerman December 29, 2012 at 05:03 PM
It's funny that 4 inches of snow is now considered a noteworthy storm. When I was a kid, that was just a typical winter's day.
douglassgrad December 29, 2012 at 05:11 PM
Why is this posted to the Scotch Plains Fanwood patch? Does this apply to us or not. So many crazy predictions about this storm I don't know who to believe
clyde donovan December 29, 2012 at 06:00 PM
Eamon: Stop being politically correct. We, the people, are not naming winter storms.
Ron Swanson December 29, 2012 at 08:07 PM
So a 4 inch run of the mill winter snow storm warrants a name? Please, Patch, do not succumb to this sensationalist nonsense. It's a typical winter snow storm. Not every storm requires that we be glued to the news media for the latest panic-laden update by a wind-blown weather channel reporter.
DinaOne December 29, 2012 at 08:37 PM
Fools at the Weather Channel think they can name "winter storms." It is just nonsense and they will soon be out of business. Maybe next they will try to name every rain shower.
bob smith December 29, 2012 at 08:55 PM
anything to grab attention to weather..its so silly that they name tiny weather events....when did this silliness begin...what bored person decided to name small weather events?
BeachBum December 29, 2012 at 08:56 PM
Main roads are clear, 46/10/80 - Wimpy Storm
bob smith December 29, 2012 at 08:59 PM
WEATHER CHANNEL IS VERY..VERY BORING....NOW THEY ARE NAMING WEATHER EVENTS...
Jake Viscone December 29, 2012 at 09:03 PM
Yes, I remember a day back in June... 78 degrees, low humidity, nice breeze, not a cloud in the sky. I think the The Weather Channel called it "Sunny Day Larry" :)
Vernon Family December 29, 2012 at 09:08 PM
Why is Patch parroting TWC's "name" for the "storm."? Also, the sentence relating the NWS comments and "Freyr" is deceptive, as the NWS has no intention of using TWC's "name" for the "storm." This is pathetic.
bob smith December 29, 2012 at 09:15 PM
WHATEVER WEATHER SERVICE THAT IS CALLING THESE WEATHER EVENTS BY A NAME SHOULD JUST STOP...NO NEED FOR THEM TO START THIS HABIT...IF EVERYONE STOPS THEN SURELY THIS BUSINESS OF USING NAMES FOR WEATHER EVENTS WILL CEASE....I HOPE...LOL
Ron Swanson December 29, 2012 at 09:32 PM
Agreed. The names are creations of the Weather Channel, NOT the National Weather Service, so Patch should not be using these silly names in its reporting.
Josy December 29, 2012 at 09:55 PM
Why does everyone think naming storms is so silly? I think it's a lot clearer and more memorable to refer to snowstorms as "Athena" or "Freyr" than "that Halloween blizzard a few years back" or "last month when we got 6 inches of snow... no, in the beginning of the month, right after that big rainstorm, so there was loads of ice everywhere too, remember? Yeah that one." As for Patch using "these silly names" in its reporting... what, Patch can't refer to anything except by its official name, even when there is no official name? For the few of us who DO refer to the storm by its silly name, Patch's use of the name is much appreciated.
Tryclyde December 29, 2012 at 11:05 PM
It's stupid because these storms are not particularly noteworthy and NOBODY is going to refer to them by their ridiculous names now, or in the future. Outside of the Weather Channel (which is so desperate for ratings they need to name any sort or precipitation) I've only seen the the name of this storm here on Patch. Stop it. It's all for dramatics and it's asinine.
Brian Sniatkowski December 30, 2012 at 02:56 AM
Freyr?
Ricky December 30, 2012 at 08:31 AM
Relax. Naming winter storms makes it easier to reference them should they cause major damage.
bob smith December 30, 2012 at 12:48 PM
OHH PLEASE!!!!!!
Dan Grant December 30, 2012 at 02:09 PM
Is any of this worthy of Comment?
Donald December 30, 2012 at 02:51 PM
Good point, especially since the Patch editor's comment at the end of the report implied the story should not even be posted in Union County: "This article is posted on Patch sites in Bergen, Essex, Hudson, Morris, Passaic, Somerset, Sussex and Warren counties."
Liberty December 30, 2012 at 03:34 PM
A couple inches of snow is not a STORM! It's kind of a normal happening for winter. It is a silly name and it's silly to name typical seasonal weather! But---Patch can report it however they want. The "storm" wasn't news, the stupid name TWC gave it was!
The Mud Lady December 30, 2012 at 07:36 PM
It is worthy of comment because all the media does is fear-monger for ratings. It's gotten so bad that they are trying to scare us with four inches of snow.
Terry December 30, 2012 at 07:39 PM
Shh!
Jonathan Wald December 31, 2012 at 05:55 AM
Yes, it is worthy of comment when a business entity like the Weatrher Channel uses inappropriate procedure to attempt to create alarm where there should be none. They should be behaving as a responsible service entity, and not the front page of the NEW York POst, for goodness' sake!
Ricky December 31, 2012 at 07:21 AM
It's all about media hype nowadays. The media attempts to grab your attention so you'll stay tuned to their channel, site, etc. Example, watch your local TV stations between 3 and 5pm weekdays, they hype on the commercial breaks such as we have 'breaking news' or a 'developing story' or 'snow is on the way, what will your commute be like' ,anything to grab your attention to keep you tuned in for their ratings.
Pete December 31, 2012 at 01:35 PM
What's most annoying is they got the name wrong. This one was Flapjack. The previous was Ermintrude. If they're going to use names, at least get them right!

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