WEST ORANGE, NJ - Snow began falling in West Orange in the early morning hours and is expected to continue, heavy at times, until midnight. Approximately 6 inches of snow has fallen throughout the day, and despite the efforts of the West Orange and Essex County Departments of Public Works, it has been difficult to keep up with salting and plowing. An additional 2-4 inches could fall before the snow ends and turns to freezing rain, causing ice to form on the roads.
A review of major roads in the township show that all are currently open and passable, but reports of slippery conditions are prevalent. Driving in the snow requires the driver to proceed slowly and avoid quick braking. A slow, steady pace will keep the car from sliding, and downshifting on the gears may give additional traction if your vehicle does not have a special anti-skid feature.
Several vehicles have been stuck in the snow and icy roads will become worse after midnight. The morning may see a bit more freezing rain or, but the skies are expected to clear as the storm ends after 1 p.m.
.Winds are gusting at 35 MPH and causing some drifting. Make sure you travel with a charged cellphone, blanket, flashlight and supplies.