But three sources said contractors commissioned to plow state roads were frustrated all Thursday morning without being informed by the state. According to the sources, the plows were used after 14.00 clock.
Meanwhile, the storm was getting worse, children were about to send home from school, and many workers across the country left early to beat the weather home. At rush hour the snow fell heavily.
Stephen Schapiro, a spokesman for the State Department of Transportation, said the agency was always planning on the basis of weather forecasts.
"The department used resources based on the forecast and adjusted as needed as the forecast worsened," Schapiro told NJ Advance Media. "I think the storm came in a bit harder and faster than people expected."
In the end, the state of Murphy used around 1
But many highways remained full of snow until late Thursday night. NJ transit trains were delayed for hours. The Port Authority bus terminal was essentially closed so people could not board the NJ transit buses. And some students from West Orange had to sleep in their schools because their buses were being turned back.
"People in the administration demanded that this would be a mild storm that turned to rain," said Daniel Benson, MP of the Assembly Transportation Committee. "This appeal turned out to be the wrong one."