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article imageFreak autumn snowstorm brings down tree limbs across New Jersey Special

By Michael Krebs     Oct 29, 2011 in Environment
Cranford - An unusually early snow storm struck parts of northern New Jersey on Saturday, two days before Halloween, and weather forecasters are expecting as much as 10 inches in some areas of the state.
The pumpkins and gourds and Indian corn that adorned the stoops and porches of Cranford's premium Halloween candy distribution routes were awash in a wet slop of slush-laden snow, as the sky stretched gray and bleak and cast its chilled breath in heaves and in hollows carved prior and yawned at autumn itself. It was 32 degrees Fahrenheit exactly, and the ether rang damp at the marrow and gave a numbing and gusting combination of rain and snow until the snow took hold.
And the trees danced, alight still in the brilliance of their colorful autumn endowments: corals turned asunder, shrouded in icy kerchiefs; yellows shy as suns in the wintry wash, adrift in their tentative clutch; oranges aghast at the sobering bluster, folded and yielding to the fold put upon them.
The storm was being considered a Nor'easter, according to The Star Ledger, and it did appear to earn its unusual 19th century spelling, casting its winds from a variety of directions and churning the sky and the earth below it from all four corners.
Because it would be the wind that would contribute the stiffest of the tipping, as the snow-stamped and dolloped trees would attest gravely, dropping their limbs like great and somber sacrifices and likely wishing only to ease into winter's pending ancient vegetative sleep. The shed limbs crashed onto streets and sidewalks, taking wires and other limbs with them in an unnerving cacophony of cracks and leafy whooshes as the afternoon itself was felled and the streets were abuzz with the whip of police lights and the gunning of firetrucks.
The simple act of walking a dog felt electrically akin to an apocalyptic dash, as the wind kicked colder and the air raged and meshed with shard-like ice pellets and the boughs above creaked and the wires strung below them hummed.
And in the end, it was the shovels that would sing, ringing in their scrape as the sun vanished in the last ticks of October.
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