UNION COUNTY, NJ -  A statement from County of Union states the weather forecast calls for approximately 4 to 8 inches of snow Thursday.  Exercise caution when traveling.  Sign up for ucfirstalert.org to receive the latest weather related alerts and closures/delays.

This winter storm is hitting the Union County area later today with a significant amount of snow that could eventually become a blizzard condition later this evening. It will be accompanied by high winds and afterward by bitterly freezing conditions.

Throughout the storm, the Union County Board of Chosen Freeholders would like you to know that our public works employees will be on standby and ready to clear roads and our Office of Emergency Management will be monitoring this event.

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We recommend that motorists remain cautious and give themselves extra time to reach their destinations, but if possible, stay off roads during the storm. Please also bring a blanket and cell phone with you if you must travel and be aware of slick or icy conditions.

There is always a possibility that conditions could cause isolated power outages. If this occurs, please remember to report an outage immediately to your utility company so they can identify the location and coordinate crews to restore your power. Below are numbers and contact info:
• PSE&G: 1-800-436-PSEG (7734)
• JCP&L:For power outages: 1-888-544-4877
• For customers of Elizabethtown Gas, to report gas leaks, odors and emergencies, call the 24-hour response line at 1-800-492-4009. For all other inquiries, residents should call the customer care center at 1-800-242-5830

Union County will be under a “Code Blue” severe weather advisory for the homeless, to guide them to shelter.

As always, please use 911 for emergencies only. If you see a problem on a county road, please call Union County Police at 908-654-9800 to report it.

Keep cars off the street when snow is expected to help make sure streets get cleared of snow fast and smoothly.