WEST ORANGE, NJ - Gov. Chris Christie has called a State of Emergency due to the impending storm, and West Orange Mayor Robert Parisi has called a Limited State of Emergency in West Orange.
Gov. Christie's State of Emergency was issued earlier today. The NJ.gov website noted, "With severe winter weather expected to arrive in New Jersey tonight, Governor Chris Christie declared a State of Emergency, authorizing the State Director of Emergency Management to continue coordinating all preparation, response and recovery efforts for the storm with all county and municipal emergency operations and governmental agencies. Governor Christie also announced the closing of state offices on Thursday, February 13th for all non-essential employees.
“This winter storm is expected to arrive tonight and last through early Friday morning, and the heavy snow will create hazardous travel conditions across the state,” said Governor Christie. “I’ve authorized state officials to continue all necessary actions, and my Administration will monitor conditions throughout the remainder of the storm. I encourage all New Jerseyans to drive carefully and remain off the roads if possible so that our first responders and public safety officials can safely respond to any emergency situations.”
Tonight’s storm is expected to continue into Friday morning, bringing heavy snow, freezing temperatures and mixed precipitation, as well as dangerous and icy conditions that will affect travel throughout the state for several days. A potential mixture of fallen trees, power outages and flooding is anticipated.
The Essex County website posted "Due to forecasted snow, Turtle Back Zoo, Codey Arena, the Environmental Center and senior buildings in the Parks System will be closed on Thursday, Feb. 13. Delayed openings are anticipated on Friday, February 14. There has not been any announcement from Essex County Executive Joe DiVincenzo as to whether Essex County will declare a state of emergency.
West Orange Public Schools will be closed on Thursday, According to School Messenger, the district added "On Friday, if West Orange schools open at the regular starting time, there will be an early dismissal. If schools have a delayed opening, dismissal will be at the close of a regular school day.
Mayor Robert Parisi also declared a Limited State of Emergency in West Orange:
"As the impending snow storm approaches, West Orange will be declaring a limited State of Emergency as of 12:01 AM Thursday (February 13, 2014) morning.
Due to regional salt shortages, drivers are urged to stay off the roads throughout the storm. This will keep them clear for emergency vehicles, allow crews time to properly plow the streets and to make the best use of our available salt supplies.
Thursday's garbage pickup is cancelled. This scheduled route will resume with Monday pickup.
Please follow all parking regulations throughout the Township, including alternate side of the street rules.
Please take care when shoveling and please do not shovel snow into the street so snow removal vehicles can access the roads as quickly and efficiently as possible and plowed roads remain cleaned.
Residents who may experience power outages should call PSE&G at 800-436-7734.
In case of an emergency, dial 911. For non-emergent matters the police department can be reached at 973-325-4000.
The snow is not expected to start until overnight and close to morning hours. To remain as safe as possible, please try to stay home or make alternate plans to go into work late as morning road conditions promise to be dangerous and some roads may be impassable.
For storm updates, you can check the Township website at www.westorange.org, visit our Facebook page at facebook.com/westorangeinfo or follow us on Twitter attwitter.com/westorangeinfo.
Thank you…and please stay safe."
The Alternative Press will provide updates as they become available.