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Freak October Snowstorm Snarls Monday Morning Commute

By Ben Fractenberg | October 31, 2011 7:09am | Updated on October 31, 2011 9:41am

MANHATTAN — Chaos caused by a freak October snowstorm continued Monday as the morning commute was snarled by crippled train services and extra busy roads.

New Jersey Transit's Morris & Essex Lines, including the Gladstone Branch and Montclair-Boonton Line rail service, were hardest hit. All trains on the lines were suspended Monday while crews removed fallen trees and repaired wire damage caused by Saturday's storm.

"Our goal is to restore rail service as quickly as possible to the areas of the rail network that were hardest hit by the weekend storm, keeping in mind the safety of our employees as they work to remove downed trees and repair damaged overhead wires," said NJ Transit Executive Director James Weinstein.

"We thank customers for their patience as we continue to work through the lingering effects of the snowstorm."

Many Jersey commuters instead took to the roads, leaving Hudson River crossings busier than normal.

Metro North customers can expect delays and cancellations on the Harlem, Wassaic, Danbury, Waterbury and Port Jervis lines. Metro North's website also said that system-wide cross-honoring will remain in effect Monday because of storm damage.

Long Island Rail Road and the subways were running close to a normal schedule Monday.

Central Park recorded 2.9 inches of snow Saturday, the most on that date since records started being kept in 1869.

City parks were closed overnight Saturday because of downed trees, but reopened on Sunday.