An unexpectedly strong winter storm hit the Secaucus area yesterday afternoon, causing massive transportation delays throughout the New York metropolitan area.
While meteorologists initially called for a light dusting of an inch or two of snow, the forecast was updated to a significant winter storm just before the snow began to fall. But it appeared to be too late to avoid the chaos it would eventually cause.
Roads throughout Secaucus were clogged for hours, especially County Avenue, Meadowlands Parkway and the New Jersey Turnpike. Much traffic was caused by a tractor trailer accident near Secaucus Junction in addition to the rapid deterioration of driving conditions in general.
Secaucus Patch reported on a group of a few dozen Huber Street school first graders that were stuck on a pair of buses headed for Xchange for five hours.
Commuters coming home from New York City also faced major challenges after the Port Authority Bus Station shut down, forcing tens of thousands to head for train and ferrys and causing dangerous overcrowding.
No one was immune as New Jersey governor Phil Murphy told News 12 that his usual 45 minute commute took almost three hours.