Snow Day Brings Out Sledders — and Shovels — Across South Orange and Maplewood After Storm

by Bruno J. Navarro
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A winter storm that began Sunday and tapered off into a smattering of snow flurries by Tuesday afternoon provided plenty of sledding opportunities at Flood’s Hill, along with other slopes throughout South Orange and Maplewood.

The slow-moving weather front allowed local officials to make preparations beginning on Sunday, with Maplewood issuing its own storm warning and South Orange declaring a state of emergency.

The South Orange-Maplewood School District, which brought some students back for in-person learning last month, called for an all-virtual day on Monday and — finally — a snow day on Tuesday. It later moved all classes to remote instruction for the rest of the week.

Officially, South Orange saw a total of 18.6 inches of snow, NJ.com reported, while some areas of New Jersey were pummeled with as much as 30 inches.

And local weather-forecasting rodent Essex Ed reportedly did not see his shadow on Groundhog Day, signaling the impending arrival of spring. Branching out, Essex Ed via a Zoom call also picked the Tampa Bay Buccaneers to win Super Bowl LV.

Photos by Joy Yagid.

Sledders on a hill

A snow day gave many Maplewood and South Orange children — and adults — the chance to take to the local slopes. (Photo by Joy Yagid)

Sledders on a snowy hill

Maplewood and South Orange residents of all ages went sledding on a public school snow day. (Photo by Joy Yagid)

Man and child playing in snow

A tiny sledder gets a helping hand. (Photo by Joy Yagid).

Firefighters shovel snow near sign with a poem

Members of the Maplewood Fire Department shovel snow near an aptly positioned poem titled ‘Weather’ by Claudia Rankine. (Photo by Joy Yagid)

Snowy train platform

Maplewood’s NJ Transit train station saw little activity amid the snow. (Photo by Joy Yagid).

Person walking on a snowy street

Snowy streets were a common sight across Maplewood and South Orange after a two-day snowstorm. (Photo by Joy Yagid)

 

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