Surprise Snowstorm Blankets New Jersey

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It's more of a trick than a treat this weekend before Halloween.

A rare October snowstorm is crippling parts of our area. Unprepared, thousands of homeowners are trading rakes for shovels. Blinding snow has wiped out any view of New York and has created extremely hazardous driving conditions. Roads are slippery and fallen tree limbs are creating obstacle courses out of many roadways.

Snow is weighing heavily on tree branches and power lines along Route 4 in Bergen County, some teetering on the brink of collapse. Shoppers in one Edgewater store were treated to a momentary blackout, this as report of outages have been coming in from all over the state.

In an unprecedented closure, the Riverside Mall in Hackensack, usually packed with Saturday shoppers, was shut down following a power outage. Bloomingdales, with its own generators, remained open, but announced an earlier than usual closing.

Once off the highway and out of harms way, the glittering white snow framed against a still green landscape creates a beautiful picture, but we sure could have waited til December to frame it. While this snow hit us by surprise, it killed another surprise: the one that was scheduled for my brothers birthday tonight. So, Happy birthday Bro!

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