updated 6/16/2009 10:23:36 AM ET 2009-06-16T14:23:36

Some northern New Jersey residents say it looked like the middle of winter in the middle of June.

A powerful thunderstorm dumped more than 3 inches of hail on Westwood and nearby communities in central and eastern Bergen County Monday afternoon.

Mike Pressler, a battalion chief with the Elmwood Park Fire Department, told The Record of Bergen County that he was on the way home from work when his brother called to ask if he could go to Westwood and dig his sister-in-law's car out of a pile of hail.

Pressler said when he got there the lawns were white, "like we were in the middle of a blizzard."

The storm also knocked down trees in Ridgewood and flooded Route 17 in Ho-Ho-Kus.

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