Story updated as of 10:15 p.m. Tuesday, March 20
BELMAR/LAKE COMO, NJ — As predicted snow totals for the approaching nor’easter continue to climb, Belmar and Lake Como officials are urging residents to abide by the following municipal regulations when roads are snow covered.
In Belmar, all vehicles must be moved off borough streets by midnight so that public works crews can keep the roads plowed and accessible. Anyone requiring off-street parking is encouraged to ask their neighbors for space or to utilize the Dempsey lot on 16th Avenue or the parking lot behind the Belmar Municipal Building at Main Street and Sixth Avenue.
In addition, recycling and trash pick-ups for Wednesday have been rescheduled for Thursday, March 22 Do not put your trash or recycling out tonight. Lastly, the recycling center at Dempsey will not be open on Wednesday but will resume hours on Thursday.
In Lake Como, whenever snow covers any street, the following rules take effect: Parking of all vehicles on the north and east sides of borough streets is prohibited until after the snow has stopped and the street has been plowed. Then 12 hours after the snow has stopped, all vehicles must be moved to the north and east sides of borough streets to allow the public works department to plow the south and west sides of the streets.
Gov. Phil Murphy has declared a state of emergency, authorizing the state director of Emergency Management to activate and coordinate response and recovery efforts. State offices will be closed tomorrow, March 21, due to the storm.
The National Weather Service has issued a winter weather warning for nearly the entire state. A changeover from a wintry mix to all snow is predicted overnight with the bulk of the accumulation to occur throughout tomorrow, March 21 — up to 12 to 18 inches in Belmar and Lake Como, according to the weather service.
In addition, a coastal flood advisory has been issued, with minor flooding on local streets anticipated around the time of high tide on Wednesday morning, between 10:30 and 11:30 a.m.
For a detailed summary of the National Weather Service’s latest briefing at 4 p.m., March 20, click here.
The latest forecast from the National Weather Service:
Tonight: Rain. Low around 33. Windy, with a northeast wind 26 to 28 mph, with gusts as high as 39 mph. Chance of precipitation is 80 percent. New precipitation amounts between a quarter and half of an inch possible.
Wednesday: Rain, snow and sleet before 9 a.m., then rain and snow between 9 and 11 a.m., then snow after 11 a.m. The snow could be heavy at times. Some thunder is also possible. High near 36. Windy, with a north wind 28 to 31 mph, with gusts as high as 44 mph. Chance of precipitation is 100 percent. New snow and sleet accumulation of 5 to 9 inches possible.
Wednesday night: Snow, mainly before 4 a.m. The snow could be heavy at times. Low around 31. Windy, with a north wind 24 to 26 mph, with gusts as high as 37 mph. Chance of precipitation is 80 percent. New snow accumulation of 3 to 5 inches possible.
Thursday: Partly sunny, with a high near 42. Breezy, with a northwest wind 16 to 21 mph.
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