BERNARDS TWP., NJ - Mayor Carolyn Gaziano decided on Tuesday morning to cancel Tuesday night's Township Committee meeting, which had been scheduled for 8 p.m. Items on the agenda, including the budget introduction, have been moved to the scheduled March 28 meeting, township officials said.
Township and contractor plows are out and will continue to keep up with the snow, Pat Monaco, the Township's Director of Public Works, said at about 10:30 a.m. on Tuesday. With weather forecasts revised to more of a wintry mix, with ice and sleet, "The roads are slick," Monaco said at that time.
Area residents awoke on Tuesday to howling winds and a pelting icy snow. The National Weather Service's updated forecast on Tuesday morning said the snow, mixed with sleet, would likely become all snow after about 2 p.m. A total daytime accumulation of 10 to 14 inches was predicted, with possibly another inch at night, according to the forecast.
With some precipitation already falling in some places, Bernards Township Schools Superintendent Nick Markarian confirmed at Monday's Board of Education what everyone assumed: There would be no school the next day, during Tuesday's awaited snowstorm.
Markarian cautioned that time off from school due to the storm might continue into Wednesday.
"We will see if this turns into a monster storm," the superintendent told the remaining audience at Cedar Hill School, where some had already left by about 9 p.m. on Monday.
The condition of area roads is only part of the determination of whether students can be transported, and schools will be open after a snowfall, Markarian added. "Sometimes we can't get the buses out," he said, nothing that about 2,500 to 3,000 students -- about half in the district -- are assigned to school buses.
"I will let you know about Wednesday," he concluded.
The Bernards Township Library and all branches of the Somerset County YMCA are also closed.
All branches of the Somerset County YMCA, including the Somerset Hills facilities in Basking Ridge, will be closed on Tuesday, March 14, due to the arriving snowstorm, the YMCA informed members on Monday. "We anticipate opening at our regularly scheduled time on Wednesday. For further updates, please check the website," the notification said.
The Bernards Township website also announced on Monday that all township Parks & Recreation programs are canceled for both Tuesday, March 14, and Wednesday, March 15, due to the storm.