Weekend Snowfall to Make History, NJ Indoor Capacity Set to Increase

By Jhoana T. Merino-Martinez

News Editor

Winter Storm Orlena brought snowfall that hasn’t been seen in certain regions of New Jersey in years — potentially breaking a record along the way. 

Some 35.1 inches of snow may have fallen in Mount Arlington in Morris County, a report from the National Weather Service said.

If confirmed, this would break New Jersey’s 122-year-old record of 34 inches of snow, which fell during a blizzard in 1899, NJ.com said.

However, the process of confirmation is said to be thorough and could take months to declare whether the record was broken or not, NJ.com continues. 

Besides the storm, indoor limits for venues are expected to increase from 25% to 35% capacity on Friday, February 5, according to NJ.com. 

This includes restaurants, gyms, casinos, salons, barbershops and more. 

Governor Phil Murphy announced this order yesterday, saying the recent decline in hospitalizations, daily cases and rate of transmission are to applaud for this decision, NJ.com reports

“Let there be no mistake, all of the credit goes to the millions of you who have taken your responsibility for ending this pandemic to heart through constant social distancing, wearing your face masks and just exercising common sense,” Murphy said. 

This order will go into effect on Friday 8 a.m., and the additional elimination of the 10 p.m. curfew comes just in time for the anticipated Super Bowl weekend, NJ.com continues. 

COVID-19 Numbers

As of this morning, Feb. 4, the number of positive COVID-19 cases have slowed down due to the decline of transmission of the disease. 

Thurs. 2/4/2021  Wed. 2/3/2021
New Jersey705,807  629,360
Bergen County68,134  70,420

*Numbers according to Google Statistics

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Top photo courtesy of IANS, bottom photo courtesy of The Philadelphia Inquirer.