BERKELEY HEIGHTS, NJ — The National Weather Service has issued a Winter Storm Warning for Union County in effect from midnight Wednesday until 8 p.m. Thursday, according to the Union County website. Heavy snow is expected, with accumulations of 12 to 16 inches. Gov. Phil Murphy declared a State of Emergency for New Jersey beginning at 7 p.m. on Tuesday ahead of tomorrow's anticipated nor' easter.
Berkeley Heights Public Schools will be closed Wednesday, March 21 due to impending weather.
The impending storm is expected to produce heavy snow accumulations, with rates as high as two to three inches per hour, and strong winds with gusts as high as 45 miles per hour beginning Tuesday evening and lasting until Wednesday evening.
The Township reminds citizens to make sure cars are off the road so they can plow.
In a press release, JCP&L said they are taking additional steps to prepare for possible weather impacts that include:
- Staffing additional dispatchers and analysts at regional dispatch offices
- Airing radio ads telling customers how to prepare for storms
- Checking equipment and vehicles to make sure they are ready to operate in heavy snow conditions
- Communicating with emergency management officials, state officials, regulators and local officials about storm preparation efforts
- Ramping up storm updates on social media and on the company website. Follow JCP&L on Twitter @JCP_L, on Facebook at www.facebook.com/JCPandL or online at www.jcp-l.com
- Communicating with customers regarding storm preparation tips and safety reminders
- Continuing efforts to secure mutual assistance crews to help with restoration efforts.
Customers who are without power are encouraged to call 1-888-LIGHTSS
(1-888-544-4877) to report their outage or click the “Report Outage” link onwww.firstenergycorp.com. In the event of severe weather, customers should immediately report downed wires to their utility or their local police or fire department. Customers should never go near a downed power line, even if they think it is no longer carrying electricity. Extra caution should be used in areas where downed lines are tangled in trees or other debris. Motorists are cautioned to treat intersections with inoperable traffic signals as four-way stops.