BRIDGEWATER, NJ - Not long after digging out of the early March nor'easter, and right after the start of spring, Bridgewater and Raritan are bracing for yet another storm, scheduled to bring upwards of 15 inches of snow to the region Wednesday.
According to the National Weather Service, Bridgewater and Raritan are under a winter storm warning with an expected 11 to 15 inches of snow to fall between Tuesday evening and Wednesday. The storm is expected to last from 6 p.m. Tuesday to 2 a.m. Thursday, with sleet and freezing rain Tuesday evening before becoming snow on Wednesday and tapering off in the evening.
In addition, according to the National Weather Service, there is the potential for power outages and tree damage as the area continues to recover from two other nor'easter storms this month alone.
A lot of cancellations are already being reported for Wednesday.
- The Richard Hall Mental Health Center, in Bridgewater, will be closed Wednesday.
- Somerset County-operated senior centers will be closed, including the Senior Wellness Center in Bridgewater.
- Whole Foods, in Bridgewater, has already delayed its grand opening from Wednesday to Friday.
- Temporary parking will be available in Raritan so residents do not have to park on the street. There will be parking available at the Raritan Train Station lots; Raritan Municipal Building; Municipal Lot at Thompson Street; Mill Street Parking Lot; Orlando Drive Parking Area; St. Ann Church; St. Joseph's Church; Zeus Parking Lot; and Shree Swaminarayan Mandir Loyadham Temple. Cars must be removed from the roads when the snow has accumulated.
- All vehicles must be removed from snow emergency routes once the roadway has become snow covered. Click here to see what those roads are.
- Bridgewater has canceled Wednesday night's Evenings with Dan.
- If schools are closed Wednesday, the district's Festival Band Concert will be rescheduled for April 11 at 7:30 p.m. in the Bridgewater-Raritan High School gymnasium. If school is closed Thursday, the Festival Orchestra Concert will be rescheduled.
- Raritan Valley Community College will be closed.
Bridgewater Township Police are advising that there may be difficult travel conditions, including during the evening commute Wednesday, and roads in the hilly areas may become impassable if there are up to 1 to 3 inches per hour snowfall rates.
Police are advising drivers not to drive around road closed signs or barricades.
Those who lose power can call PSEG at 800-436-7734 or JCP&L at 888-544-4877.
Keep checking back here for more updates as the storm hits.