BERKELEY HEIGHTS, NJ - Berkeley Heights Township Schools were already closed on Wednesday night, and township salt trucks and road crews were assigned to hit the roads in the predawn hours in anticipation of what could be the biggest snowstorm so far for this winter season.
The National Weather Service was predicting a 100 percent chance of a snow and rain mix for Thursday. As of Wednesday night, NOAA's prediction was for a mix of rain and snow, turning into all snow after about 4 a.m. Snow was predicted to continue until about 1 p.m. on Thursday, with snow showers still continuing later Thursday afternoon, coupled with blustery conditions. A high of 30 degrees is predicted for Thursday.
The Township sent out a notice reminding citizens to follow the No Parking regulations for Berkeley Heights Township roads during snow events. Click here to register to receive future Township eNews and sign up for Swift 911 Alerts.
Illegally parked vehicles in the snow hamper plow trucks ability to safely remove snow from the roadway and creates a hazard for drivers and pedestrians as the roadway is narrowed. Illegally parked cars are subject to ticket and/or tow. It also requires officers to respond to these complaints, taking them away from other duties and emergencies in the Township.
All in all, the overnight snowfall was expected to be 1 to 3 inches, with a possible new snow accumulation of 7 to 11 inches on Thursday.
Weather.com was predicteding a 100 percent chance of snow between about 5 a.m. to 10 a.m. on Thursday, right in time for the morning commute.
Spring weather leapfrogging to dead of winter
Temperatures in the Berkeley Heights area hit the 60s on Wednesday, but Mother Nature wasn't letting spring take permanent hold. Thursday night's temperature is predicted for a low of 10 degrees, possibly accompanied by scattered snow showers.