Wednesday snowstorm impacts travel around New Jersey

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Transportation across New Jersey was severely impacted due to a major snowstorm.

New Jersey Transit suspended all bus service by 4:30 p.m. due to deteriorating road conditions. A spokesperson for the agency says that bus service should resume at 4 a.m. Thursday.

NJ Transit trains operated on a “severe weather schedule,” which meant limited service.

Service on several lines will be severely impacted Thursday due damage caused by the storm.

"Raritan Valley, Atlantic City, Main/Bergen County, Port Jervis and Morristown, Gladstone Branch and Montclair Boonton lines were heavily impacted by the storm," a spokesperson said in a statement. "The storm’s heavy, wet snow toppled trees and blew overhead wires onto the rails, which has caused significant cleanup efforts."

The statement continued, "The severe conditions, particularly in along the Morris & Essex Lines in Morris County where snowfall accumulations were greatest, have rendered much of the rail infrastructure inaccessible. Crews will be working throughout the night to assess and restore service on these lines as quickly as possible. Service updates on these lines will be announced as they become available."

Amtrak service between New York Penn Station and Boston is expected to be suspended until 10 a.m. Thursday.

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Newark Liberty International Airport temporarily suspended flight activity Wednesday afternoon due to the intensified weather conditions. Crews were able to clear snow away from the runways, and some air traffic was able to resume. 

But airport officials say that about half of all flights scheduled were canceled Wednesday.

New Jersey roads were also severely impacted by the amount of snow.

Motorists told News 12 New Jersey that many of them were stuck on Route 280 for a time due to a lack of snowplowing as well as heavy traffic.

New Jersey state police say troopers responded to over 500 crashes as of 9 p.m. and nearly 1,000 calls for aid.

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