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Photos by Fritz Rethage Posted February 19, 2003
Other Photos: First snow of this winter
(December 5, 2002) White
On the afternoon of Sunday,
February 16, Governor McGreevey declared a "State of Emergency" as a winter
storm with wicked-cold temperatures and brutal blizzard-like wind conditions was expected.
The snow began Sunday night and continued steadily until Monday evening. As the day
ended on February 17, 2003, Hasbrouck Heights received over 20" inches of snow --
making it the deepest snow fall since January 7-8, 1996.
The HH School system was already closed for a scheduled winter break. The storm
struck on President's Day -- a state and federal holiday in which many people were home.
All area airports were closed, including Teterboro Airport. There were
difficult traffic and road conditions with commuter delays and many
"fender-benders", but no serious incidents were reported in Heights.
The DPW was out in force throughout Sunday night, all day
Monday. By Tuesday mid-day, all Heights roads were plowed clear. Tuesday afternoon
saw the DPW clearing walks at municipal buildings such as the Library. By Wednesday
morning, the DPW was removing snow from intersection corners and The Boulevard sidewalks.
The snow removed was taken to the Woodland Park back lot and the DPW yard.
It should be noted that despite the storm, garbage that was placed on the curb was
collected, and the recycling/newspaper pick-up was made.
The term "blizzard-like" was used by the media, although the exact
meteorological criteria which include sustained winds of 35 mph and visibility near zero
was not met.
Here are some scenes on the afternoon of February 18.
BOE clearing walk at Euclid School
Clearing entrance to Corpus Christi Church
Clearing walks and driveway entrances
Family making snow sculpture of "Corgies"
DPW clearing sidewalks and grooming street curbs on the morning of February 19.
Sign on snow covered roof
Library walks & steps cleared by DPW
Euclid School Playground
Woodland Park scenes
Adding color to snow white
Post card photo of First Reformed Church
Park bench snowed in
Icicles forming on New Municipal Building
References illustrating amount of snow
Many cars were still covered in snow late afternoon February 18
Winter Snow Storms ...
Movies: Plowing Circle Christmas Day 2002
DPW plowing The
Boulevard December 6, 2003 
HHFD Ladder Company responding to call Dec. 14, 2003 [900k]
Winter Said Hello February 12 2006
First Major Snow of the Season December 9, 2005
Presidential Surprise February 21, 2005
DPW Does A Great Job... Again! January 22,
Scenes Around Snowy Heights January 23, 2005
March 16, 2004
Snow Storm January 28, 2004
Snow Storm December 14, 2003
Back-to-back Storm Storms December 5-6, 2003
Blizzard '03 Feb. 17, 2003 Spring Surprise April 7. 2003
2002-2003 -- First snow Dec. 5, 2002 White Christmas 2002
2001-2002 -- Around Town January 20, 2002
2000-2001 -- The (Almost) Storm of Century March
Around Town Photos January 2001
Holiday Snow Storm Dec. 30, 2000 [Photos][Woodland Park]
1999-2000 -- First Snow of the Century Jan. 20, 2000
Big pre-December 10th snowstorms since 1949
Measurmeents at Newark Liberty Airport
Source: NE Regional Climatic Data Center, Ithaca, NY
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